These exhausted doctors who continue to work on the front lines are requesting people to practice social distancing and other preventive measures to lighten their workload.
As the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus continues to soar, health care systems in many places seem to be crumbling under the pressure. More than 45,000 people have been infected in the US alone and the global count has surpassed 380,000. The world death toll has reached 16,595 and it seems like it will take a mammoth effort to prevent the pandemic from spreading any more. Medical workers everywhere are now on the front line fighting to save the lives of those infected by the virus. Due to the sudden surge of critical care and limited availability of doctors and nurses, medical employees are putting in extra hours of work.
These are the faces of some of the Italian nurses after 13 long hours of work in ICU.Much tiredness,fear & concern in addition to the brands, injuries & heat caused by protective Equipment.Stay Strong 🇮🇹#andratuttobene #PakistanStandsWithItaly @gilmour_wendy @azzurri @ItalyMFA pic.twitter.com/YMNARv5G6C— Qaiser NAWAB #StayHomeSaveLives🗯 (@qaisernawab098) March 22, 2020
Sharing the heartbreaking reality of what's it's like to be in the front and center while fighting this health crisis, medical workers everywhere have uploaded pictures that are sure to bring you to tears. While we get the opportunity to stay and rest at home, there are tirelessly working long shifts that leave their faces severely bruised. Some don't even have proper pieces of equipment to work with, but are still sacrificing it all just to keep everyone safe. Here's a look at these heroes at work:
This is my mom. She’s my hero. She’s a 60 year old primary care physician testing patients for #COVID19. She is putting her health on the line to test patients, get them the care they need, and do what she can to prevent community spread and the overburdening of our hospitals. pic.twitter.com/zRjppSxpPn— Julie Silverbrook (@JMSilverbrook) March 19, 2020
This is my mom. She’s 71 years old and screening people from the afternoon to midnight. Thank the people that expose themselves and go through hell just to make sure people are safe. pic.twitter.com/e94ABbqJJj— Cam (@TakinPichas) March 20, 2020
Salute! Photos of frontline doctors and nurses taking off their masks during short breaks in their fight against the novel #coronavirus moved millions of netizens across China. pic.twitter.com/qN6jvFf6jz— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) February 2, 2020
Dr. Joy Vink is on the frontline of NYC's battle with COVID-19, but without access to proper personal protective gear, she's has no choice but to "get creative." Forget face shields - she is working in SWIM GOGGLES...our #HealthCareHeroes deserve better! pic.twitter.com/UVVFuK9gYp— Amplify Her NYC (@AmplifyHerNYC) March 22, 2020
This is what you look like after wearing an N95 mask all day. We don’t have enough of anything. We need @SenSanders more than ever now. Help us help you. #SandersSisters #NursesForBernie pic.twitter.com/jfVKPct2cD— genithecrankynurse (@genithecrankyn1) March 19, 2020
This is the face of someone who just spent 9 hours in personal protective equipment moving critically ill Covid19 patients around London.— Natalie Silvey (@silv24) March 21, 2020
I feel broken - and we are only at the start. I am begging people, please please do social distancing and self isolation #covid19 pic.twitter.com/hs0RQdvsn3
Here’s mine from yesterday after only 4 hours pic.twitter.com/WHrtP2xypM— Liz Staveacre RN (@lizzys39) March 21, 2020
I was honestly wondering if everyone's face was bright red after taking off their mask.— Denise Beady (@RyTy21) March 22, 2020
Stay safe everyone! pic.twitter.com/w7FVunMNdr
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