This coronavirus IG post is going viral because it shows the reality medical professionals are facing right now

The reality of life for many medical professionals right now is that they have families at home they have to leave in order to go to work. To care for the sick, and to test those potentially infected with the coronavirus, putting themselves directly at risk for infection themselves.

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Lynzy Coughlin, pregnant mama to three (soon-to-be four) children, Physician Assistant (PA), lifestyle blogger, and influencer behind the popular Instagram account Lynzyandco recently shared her thoughts and concerns about working amid the coronavirus pandemic—like caring for sick patients while 22 weeks pregnant and worrying that people aren't taking social distancing seriously enough.

She wrote about the reality of needing to keep some semblance of normalcy on her Instagram page, continuing to post about "fun" things while also keeping her audience informed about COVID-19 with any updated info she learns or preparations she takes.

She writes:

"I know this is a space for fashion and motherhood and fun. Right now, it needs to be a place where you can come and feel safe AND informed. At the end of the day, your lives mean A LOT to me and not a pretty frilly top or new lipstick. Yes, I will keep sharing fun stuff because we need an outlet but I will also keep you informed with what I know to be true and how we can all get through this together.

"Today I worked in the ED at 22 weeks pregnant, worried for the life of my baby and my own life. I took an oath to serve as did MANY others and I want you to know that this isn't easy for ANY of us.

"The reality that COVID is everywhere is here. We still have limited tests but there are MANY patients coming in with symptoms and that would most likely be positive if we could test them all (and hopefully will soon in the next few days). Your chance of exposure already is high (IMO). My husband I both work emergency medicine and are already seeing the serious implications that this virus can have.

"This post is just a friendly reminder that I want to put out here to keep this community as safe as possible.

"I also see many people not taking it seriously and continuing on with their daily activities. In all honesty, the best way to shut this down is to order a national lockdown (which will hopefully happen). PLEASE stay home. Have fun with your kids and keep your distance from others. You can still go on hikes and be outdoors but just distance yourself from others.

"Does it suck? YES. But guess what? This is our BEST chance at keeping ourselves and OTHERS safe right now. It's not about YOU, it's about people less likely to fight off the virus.

"Also, for the record, there ARE young people on ventilators with no medical problems. Yes, it's less likely but no one is immune. No one.

"Pray for those on the front end of this thing. It's scary."

The reality of life for many medical professionals right now is that they have families at home they have to leave in order to go to work. To care for the sick, and to test those potentially infected with the coronavirus, putting themselves directly at risk for infection themselves.

It's scary and overwhelming. Many of us are able to hunker down at home and wait as safely as possible, but they're putting themselves in (likely) direct contact with the virus—unsure of what will happen exactly.

Yesterday, Lynzy said in her Instagram stories:

"I'm gonna start off this COVID conversation with how incredibly proud I am to be part of a medical staff that, even though we have fear and reluctance, that we are on the battleground, essentially—fighting this thing head-on and not thinking twice about it. And that, to me, is really incredible. It takes a lot of courage and I am so impressed with how my staff—and the medical staff across the United States—is handling this right now. I even know providers that are going off of their immunosuppressive medications, so that they can take care of their patients."

We'd like to echo Lynzy's sentiment. We are incredibly proud of the medical professionals in our country and across the world, sacrificing their health for the health of others. Because this is not an overreaction—this is reality.

And we must treat that reality with respect because it directly translates to our respect for these brave, determined medical professionals who are going in to work every day so that we don't have to go to the hospital ourselves.

To the medical professionals combating this virus—we salute you, we honor you, we're proud of you and we pray for you.

Thank you for your service.

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As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

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