We Heart: Sweden’s Princess Sofia Became a Medical Assistant to Fight COVID-19

Princess Sofia of Sweden recently announced on Instagram that she is joining the fight against COVID-19 as a medical assistant. (Cosmopolitan)

Under these extraordinary circumstances, nobody would blame royals for sticking to online appearances. In fact, many of them have been able to make an impact on people’s lives even through a screen. 

Queen Elizabeth II gave an emergency speech to address the spread of COVID-19, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been calling medical workers fighting the spread of the virus, and members of royal families from around the world have been cancelling in-person events to model social distancing practices.

But one royal has gone above and beyond to show her commitment to her country.

Princess Sofia of Sweden recently announced on Instagram that she is joining the fight against COVID-19 as a medical assistant. She, along with around 80 volunteers each week, has completed an extensive online course hosted by Sophiahemmet Hospital, where Princess Sofia is an Honorary Chair. 

Now, she’s ready to trade her gowns and tiaras for scrubs and sneakers. 

While she won’t be interacting directly with patients, she’ll be working alongside other volunteers to disinfect equipment, cook meals for patients and keep the hospital clean and sanitized. Medical assistants play an essential role in keeping medical workers and their patients protected from the spread of the virus, and can help combat the growing workload of doctors and nurses.


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Katie Fleischer is a rising senior at Smith College, majoring in the Study of Women & Gender, and a Ms. editorial intern.