The coronavirus pandemic has made life complicated for everyone, to say the least. But doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other health officials have it especially rough these days.
Health professionals were already prone to depression and suicide, but the last few months have been overwhelmingly stressful. With body counts still increasing by the day, many health workers have started to experience PTSD and general burnout.
But complaining does little to no good. Fortunately, some health workers have found interesting, unique ways of letting out their pandemic problems and frustrations.
Not bad… for doctors.
The cardiologist on the right nearest the camera holds a beautiful acoustic guitar.
The song begins with the group chanting a melody straight from Kiwanuka’s original. Seconds later, the acoustic kicks in, clear and precise.
Another doctor sits on what looks like a trashcan, providing the necessary pulsing rhythm to keep the group going.
The rest of the cardiologists snap along and provide backing vocals, throughout. Despite their masks, they’re surprisingly audible.
The team’s a part of the München Klinik Bogenhausen staff in Munich, Germany. Like many other Germans, their English isn’t half bad. One could easily confuse them for an American or British unit.
The collective’s 11 members strong, decked in blue scrubs and face masks.
The camera pans across the room, getting a closeup view of each of the different cardiologists involved.
Despite their stresses, they put on smiles and continue to sing amid the global madness. Each doctor stands a few feet apart.
One cardiologist looks particularly happy to be involved in the project. With that said, some of them look like they can barely keep their eyes open.
Their room’s decked out with large monitors, a medical table, and white shelves that I’d imagine are full of medical supplies.
The environment looks pristine.
The entire crew begins to clap, signaling the last section of the song. I just realized that the lead guitarist’s mask is off-color, predominately white-blue instead of everyone else’s green-blue.
He’s like the band’s front man. Their Robert Plant.
Here he is up close. He looks like a real rocker.
What’s the combination of doctor and rocker? Docker? Or maybe rockter…
The camera pans around the far side of the room.
One of the cardiologists flashes two thumbs up.
We’ll get through this together.
The lyrics to their “It Can’t Take Us Down” (based on “Love & Hate” by Michael Kiwanuka) are as follows:
Calling all the people out there to stay at home
Calling all the people out there to let us show
That we stick together
Showing something beautiful
It can’t take us down
It can’t break us down
It can’t take us down
The song begins to wind down, closing with the same lyricless melody that started the piece. When the music stops, the entire crew begins to clap.
A few hashtags flash across the screen, including #holdon and #stayhealthy.
The unit ends their great reworking of “Love & Hate” with the double thumbs up – a recurring motif in the video. It’s as if they’re telling us to stay positive and that everything will be alright in time (with the proper precautions, of course).
Keep up the great work guys. As you said, it can’t take us down.
Now more than ever, we should pay respects to our health workers, including doctors, nurses, and anyone else associated with the industry. They’re quite literally risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, all for the good of the realm.
And some of them can carry a pretty catchy tune, to boot. Keep it up guys. Thanks for everything.
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