Here's what "in sickness and in health" looks like.
That the words "till death do us apart" are not just words but an inseparable part of a solemn oath was proven right a hundred times by an elderly couple in China who have been tested positive of Coronavirus and are going through isolation and treatment. The video that is now viral shows us another side of the crisis and how it impacts not just one's physical health but the way it is tearing apart families and loved ones.
The video of the elderly couple, who are said to be in their 80s, sees them lying on different beds, wearing tubes and masks and holding each other's hand as they bid farewell to each other before they were separated and transferred to the ICU. Many social media users believe that they might not see each other again in this lifetime, therefore, they wanted to bid their last, loving goodbye.
💔 breaking 😭, just terrible.— Jennifer Barth (@JenniferBarth01) February 3, 2020
Elderly couple saying their goodbyes #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/W6CimdmDCL
It was shared on Twitter with the caption, "What does a couple mean? Two elderly patients of #coronavirus #CoronarivusOutbreak in their 80s said goodbye in ICU, this could be the last time to meet and greet".
While the tweet is now unavailable, the video is doing rounds on social media and is making millions of people around the world choke up and pray for all who are away from their families and struggling to get well soon.
Many social media users are heartbroken to see them gasping for breath as the gentleman appears to talk from under his mask.
Heartbreaking. I hope they make it.— DFIFH (@DFIFH) February 2, 2020
Bless the staff for allowing them to be side by side. Heartbreaking. 😥— Happy•N•Montana 🇺🇸 (@happynmontana) February 3, 2020
Heartbreaking. May God watch over each of them. Thank God they are together.— Jewel Juno (@JewelJuno) February 3, 2020
Another video that had caught the eyes of the world was one of the medics of China who were seen breaking down to bits as they were leaving their loved ones behind to save lives. Netizens then called it a "suicide mission" because they believed many of them would not come back.
【目送亲友赴武汉支援哭断肠】— 自由亚洲电台 (@RFA_Chinese) January 27, 2020
However, in these times of crises and grief, there are some who are doing what they can to lift their and others' spirits. This video of quarantined Italians singing from their respective balconies also went viral recently and showed us that even in times of darkness there is always hope for a better tomorrow!
Every evening at 6pm, Italians are making it a thing across the country where they'll go out on their balconies to sing, play instruments & try to lift each other's spirits while in quarantine ❤️— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) March 13, 2020
📽️ @mmarrucco pic.twitter.com/BU7md6UBuQ
As of March 20, 3248 people have lost their lives to the pandemic, according to worldometer. Visit the WHO site to stay updated with coronavirus related information.