A heartbreaking video of a doctor from Saudi Arabia breaking down in tears after stopping his young son from hugging him has gone viral on social media.
When the doctor came home from the hospital, his son ran towards him to give him a hug. The boy was immediately stopped by his father, who asked him to move away, presumably because he was in his medical suit and had just returned home after treating coronavirus patients.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced people across the world to keep their distance from people they love. The doctor, who looks exhausted after his shift at work, likely didn’t want to pass any germs that might be on his hands or clothing on to his child, so he was doing the responsible thing (even if it was sad to watch).
The six-second clip was shared on Twitter and has received over 11 million views so far. The man hasn’t yet been identified.
People on social media fell in love with the clip and the obvious love that was on full display.
It only serves to remind us of the sacrifices being made across the world by medical staff who are on the frontlines working to keep us healthy and safe. Hopefully this will all be over soon and the father and son can resume hugging as normal.