FEEL GOOD: Doctor starts new trend by wearing a picture of himself smiling to comfort Covid-19 patients

2020-04-22 12:03
Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist from San Diego (Photo: Instagram/@captain_wolf82)

Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist from San Diego (Photo: Instagram/@captain_wolf82)

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Medical practitioners are trying to make coronavirus patients smile in a special way.

Being in a hospital is daunting for anyone, but when you’re a coronavirus patient being treated by doctors suited up in protective gear it can be even scarier. 

This is why Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist from San Diego, came up with the ingenious idea of taping a laminated picture of himself onto his protective gear to cheer up coronavirus patients, FoxNews reported.

Taking to his Instagram page, Robertino shared a heartfelt post in which he urged other practitioners working closely with those infected to wear a laminated picture of themselves smiling to reassure patients as they can’t see their faces behind their masks.

“Yesterday I felt bad for my patients in ER when I’d come in the room with my face covered in PPE,” he captioned the post of himself in the ER geared up.

“A reassuring smile makes a big difference to a scared patient. So today I made a giant laminated badge for my PPE. So my patients can see a reassuring and comforting smile.”


During this time health workers have to reassure their patients, but when they’re wearing masks they’re unable to do so,  Robertino told HuffPost.

“A smile goes a long way in comforting a scared patient ? bringing some brightness in these dark times,” he said.

The post has since received more than 37 000 likes and turned into a viral sensation with health workers around the world sharing pictures of themselves with their laminated smiling portraits pinned to their protective gear.

Check out some of the heartwarming posts doctors have shared of themselves below.

Sources: HuffPost, Instagram, FoxNews

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