Dr Alex Friedrich of the UMCG will be having a lonely holidays himself this year, he says, calling for others to also follow the regulations
Alex Friedrich of the UMCG has posted a Christmas video message. The German doctor became known this Spring as he and the UMCG’s other specialists helped work towards the Coronavirus spreading less in the Province than elsewhere in the Netherlands.
In the message, Friedrich emphasizes that the Christmas period is a crucial moment in which residents of the Northern Netherlands must adhere to the Coronavirus measures and not visit each other.
That also applies to Friedrich himself, as this will be the first year that he will not see his family in Germany, Italy and Greece.
His efforts to explain the importance of fighting the corona virus in the North using medically substantiated knowledge earned Friedrich a nomination for the RTV Noord’s prize “Groninger of the Year 2020.”
Regarding his plans this Christmas, Friedrich said “I can’t travel to them [his family] and they can’t come to me. That’s pretty lonely. All the more heartwarming to hear that I have been nominated for Groninger of the year 2020 ”, reports OOGTV.
“During Christmas, people still come together, people still meet. And then, seven days later, right in the COVID incubation period. People will meet again. There is a real risk there and we must therefore ensure that we meet as few people as possible.”
Friedrich is adamant: “I also follow the rules, no matter how hard it may be. But with that I myself can contribute to slowing down the spread. And I ask you to do the same”