You might not be a nurse or doctor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still lend a hand in the fight against the coronavirus. Princess Sofia of Sweden — the wife of Prince Carl Philip — is leading by example, taking a three-day medical emergency training course that will qualify her to volunteer at Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm. She won’t be treating patients but will instead be providing valuable assistance by disinfecting medical equipment, cleaning, performing kitchen work, or supporting the medical staff in other ways.
According to a spokesperson for the royal court, “In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of healthcare professionals.”
And you don’t have to be a member of the royal family to get involved. The online training is run by Sophiahemmet University and open to anybody. It prepares people without medical experience to assist in the medical environment in a wide range of different capacities. This includes a variety of different support roles, which aren’t patient-facing but are still incredibly valuable.
The princess, who has served as the hospital’s Honorary Chair since 2016, isn’t new to public service. Most recently, she helped set up Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s Foundation, which aims to fight online bullying and discourage hate speech.