As the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is skyrocketing around the globe, with more than 35K confirmed in the US alone, tragic milestones are hit daily. Death tolls in Italy have reached 5,476, while Spain has been hit with 1,813 losses. It’s now clear that curbing the pandemic will take a full-blown battle.

And medical workers are now fighting on the front line. The heartbreaking pictures below serve as living proof of what’s happening behind the emergency doors. From eternal shifts that leave their faces severely bruised to working without proper equipment and risking lives—the sacrifice is overwhelming. While you scroll through the pictures, take a moment to think about these heroes and thank them.

#1

Face After 13 Hours ICU Work

Face After 13 Hours ICU Work

"I don't love selfies.
Yesterday, though, I took this photo. After 13 hours in ICU.
I am not a hero. I am a normal person"

Nicola Sgarbi Report

#2

Nurse After Hours Of Work In Intensive Care

Nurse After Hours Of Work In Intensive Care

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Hermione Granger
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keep that positive attitude! You are amazing!

NanZ
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You poor thing! Thanks for all that you are doing!

Catrina Tansey
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much for all your dedication and hard work. Stay save and God bless you! It would be nice to know your name, please. My name is Catrina

Charlotte Hanson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Blessings and prayers of protection sent to you. Please get some rest when you can.

Shari Story
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are beautiful and wear your war marks well. God bless you.

Sue Sanders
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my! She earned every micro-second of it. Something totally selfish and wonderful needs to greet her the day she isn't required to time in.

Larry Cosgrave
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, compassionate fatigue! Thank you!

Eloise
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much - please stay healthy

Carole Lefebvre
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You have never looked so beautiful. Thank you for all you do. Carole from Montreal

Cameron Foord
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are an angel and so appreciated!! The force is with you! ❤️❤️❤️

Bridget Angin
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks are not enough for your kindness and willIngress to help as many as possible. Continued Thanks!!!

Tara Porter
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your dedication is amazing and inspires us all to be better. Better humans, better family, better friends, just better. Thank you and prayers for your safety

Candy Clement
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for all your long hours and hard work. May God be with you and keep you safe from this virus. Hopefully you will get to go home soon.

Nancy Macca
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Try using steri strips to cover the sore areas ....take them off in the shower when you get home

Holly Weaver
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are amazing, beyond appreciated and loved. Thank you!

Michael Tong
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the most beautiful face I have never seen in my life. Thank you so much for everything these ppl do!!! You guys are heros!!!!! Pls be safe!!!

Andrea Vincent
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! Is all I can say! God bless!

Laura Skaar
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for your hard work. Stay safe

Mark Hyatt
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Stay safe.

Mick Brenda Flanagan Mitchell
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

sad to see - but this is a part of the cure - thank you all for your efforts to save lives

John Barry
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May you be blessed as you have blessed others.

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much! You are a hero may God bless and protect you while you risk your health and safety to help others

Leeann Waldron
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People within the NHS do not get the gratitude they deserve...people don't see what goes on behind closed doors, and see the trauma these people day in day out. What you all do is amazing, and you should be all proud of yourself. No matter how hard things get, you all face it head on, and that's what makes you all so passionate about your job, which by all means is never easy. You can never prepare for what's going too happen that day ahead, but no matter what, you face it regardless.

Berna
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your wonderful! Thank you so much for your work. X

Ken Bailey
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You might not consider yourself a hero..but I certainly do! Thank you!!!!

Angela Leadbetter
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still smiling !! God Bless you &keep you safe🙏🙏🤞

Loretta Starr
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank You! You are storing up Crowns in Heaven for yourself !!🌹🕊

Diana Collymore
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you! May the times you can sleep, bring rejuvenating rest.

Michael Conroy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you just doesn't seem to be adequate. incredible sacrifices that you are making to keep the rest of us safe. Prayers for all of you.

Deneine Cotillo
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 🙏🏼

Pauline Naim
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much for all the hard work you and your colleagues are selflessly doing Please stay safe God bless you 🙏

JozeeMom
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for everything you are doing to help. ❤️ Please stay safe. Praying for you all! 🙏🏼

Kathy Goodson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bless ur heart....ur our hero...stay safe❤

Kathy Goodson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless you and keep you safe❤

Darlene Ford
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Breaks my heart. Looks like a little girl. Someone’s little daughter. God love you. 🙏🏻❤️

Diane Jacobson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for your dedication. We love and appreciate you.

Maggie Martinez
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for you strength and bravery

Cheryl Rowbottom
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m humbled by you 💐 thank you and stay safe x

Hazel N Dennis Neich
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your parents and friends will be so proud of you, I know I am 👏👏👏👏👏

Patricia Martinez
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am sorry .. you are a hero to all those you came into contact with today for sure! Be safe! Sending Prayers!

Dani Black
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish i could do more than just say "I really wish I could hug you and thank you all who are doing this on Ground Zero right now" !!! I can donate, but I'd rather take your place and let you rest, this has got to be hell on earth right now..

J.Norton
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bless you, you are amazing.....

Tessa Thompson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The mask line bruising! *cringes in sympathetic pain*

Tere Akune
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are my shero! God bless you and keep you safe always!

Richard daniels
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These humans are super hero’s ... my wife is an ICU nurse in the UK and I worry about her but I know she is skilled and willing to take the fight to this virus ⭐️⭐️

Annette Christopherson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Smiling, but busy and bruised. Thank you for your time on the front lines.

Rosemary Moreland
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are still almost smiling. Well done! Look after your face and especially the bridge of your nose

Marta Molisani
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are the real hero. We all are with you

Paige Fowler Pogue
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you so much!! God bless you!!!❤️❤️❤️

Dana Lowe
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you

SilverFoX
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you!! Praying for all health care people

Matt Hill
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone is using your photo to attempt to prove that masks cause infection use-5f31a8...06497f.jpg use-5f31a8e06497f.jpg

MASON HEPHNER
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for your service! God Bless!

Pari Hendricks
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you ,you hang in there 🙏

Pari Hendricks
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you, you hang in there.🙏

Les Belhoceens
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What kind of face mask were you wearing? God bless your soul.

Lorrie Finley
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's how tight they have to fit to work correctly. That's why I just shake my head at all the people running around with masks on in public. If one droplet of a cough or sneeze can get in, then there's no point in having the mask on.

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Catie Marie
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I understand hellishly long hours leads to facial markings from switching masks all the time but...did someone head butted her??

Lorrie Finley
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's from the face shield she also was wearing.

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BiLal Asif
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone's mascara is dripping

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're a disgusting person... that's the only thing you got from that post! You really need to grow up and realize the sacrifice these young people are making to keep people alive

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Xi Jinping
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

她的脖子上有吸血鬼咬

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#3

I’ve Been A Critical Care Nurse For 13 Years, And I’ve Never Seen Anything Like What Is Happening Now In Our Healthcare System. It Is Beyond Overwhelming

I’ve Been A Critical Care Nurse For 13 Years, And I’ve Never Seen Anything Like What Is Happening Now In Our Healthcare System. It Is Beyond Overwhelming

"Not only are all of us fighting to survive the contagion itself, we are fighting for protection from an industry that failed to adequately prepare us for this pandemic. Everyone is scrambling. Our skills and expertise are being put to the test in every way imaginable right now. And it’s only just getting started."

katievigos Report

These images stand as powerful reminders of the health crisis we are in right now. Dr. Anna Yaffee, a director of Global Health at Emory University, believes that sharing them is particularly important. “Sharing the images reinforces the point that there are people out there who are working tirelessly around the clock to provide lifesaving supportive care to those who are sick,” she commented.

But what makes frontline workers’ job particularly difficult is the shortage of protective supplies and hospital equipment. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated on Sunday that the city is “about 10 days away from seeing widespread shortages. If we don't get more ventilators, people will die."

#4

Faces Of Medical Workers After A Long Shift Of Treating Coronavirus Patients - A Czech Doctor

Faces Of Medical Workers After A Long Shift Of Treating Coronavirus Patients - A Czech Doctor

"We can't anymore. We don't sleep, we don't eat"

Pavla Kovaříková Report

#5

This Is What You Look Like After Wearing An N95 Mask All Day. We Don’t Have Enough Of Anything. Help Us Help You

This Is What You Look Like After Wearing An N95 Mask All Day. We Don’t Have Enough Of Anything. Help Us Help You

genithecrankyn1 Report

NanZ
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So very sorry that you are suffering from taking care of the people that are suffering from the virus. All of the healthcare professionals around the world are doing everything they can to help care for the sick and they deserve our thanks and more.

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#6

This Is An Anesthesiologist, Dr. John Henao, Who Is Running Out Of Ppe (Personal Protective Equipment) At His Hospital

This Is An Anesthesiologist, Dr. John Henao, Who Is Running Out Of Ppe (Personal Protective Equipment) At His Hospital

"He, like most of us, are currently working under the assumption that most people are Covid19 positive and asymptomatic, but in order to save our dwindling supplies of PPE, are only using them for known cases of Covid19. In order to safely intubate all patients he had to jerry rig his own gear. He put on a CO2 sampling nasal cannula. He then put on a regular old plastic bag on over his head with a seal (you can see he taped it tightly around his neck). He ran the oxygen at 10 L/min. He sampled his CO2 to monitor. He did this for 10 min (long enough to intubate a patient). THIS is what we have to do because we have no PPE. I am horrified. I cannot even begin to know if this is safe and cannot recommend it. But, sure, we’ll be safe with bandanas, scarves, and homemade cloth masks. (That, folks, is sarcasm). For my friends who are fellow physicians, please be safe, and for those of you who are not, please call or tweet or write your elected officials to demand that we are given adequate equipment in order to treat you safely"

Lisa Miller Delport Report

Dana Lowe
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your dedication is unbelievable! A million thank you and please keep your self safe!

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#7

Just Finished A 12 Hour Shift Swabbing Symptomatic Covid19 Patients At Our Drive Thru Testing Site In Cleveland. We Collectively Swabbed 629

Just Finished A 12 Hour Shift Swabbing Symptomatic Covid19 Patients At Our Drive Thru Testing Site In Cleveland. We Collectively Swabbed 629

reddit.com Report

NanZ
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for your service in this war! By the way, I love your bee necklace too!

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#8

My Battle Scars

My Battle Scars

"Life as a front line during this period ain’t easy, to be honest it sucks. You kiss your love ones good bye before heading to “war zone”. U wear every level of protection needed to ensure u do not be contacted with any of this virus and to not bring the virus back to the loved ones at home. You wear face shield/ goggles / N95 some even wear PAPR at work, trust me it ain’t easy to breath wearing any of those (N95 & PAPR) and with all that protection on, u work quick and fast, catching your breath with every step u make because LIVE MATTERS.

After finishing your shift sweaty with tiredness, aching back, sore calf, painful ankles. you found out that not only your Annual Leaves are frozen, you are not even allowed to leave the country as a front line staff and worst of all is when you have to cancel your wedding reception because both you and your significant other are front liners and you both are needed to fight the “war” because LIVE MATTERS.

Now after work I shower and wear back your uniform with pride, u take public transportation just to go home and rest because tomorrow is another for “war” but when u board the train or bus. People say u bring germs/ virus with u, that u are infecting other people and that u are INCONSIDERATE but u just be quite and leave the train or bus because u are tired after work to explain ur situation.

Now u tell us how are we suppose to feel or react?
Are we not human like everyone else?
Don’t we have love ones too?
Don’t we wish to go on a holiday too?

All got to say is,
I am a front line staff and this is my story."

Benjamin Ong Report

NanZ
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All of your pictures and stories are heartbreaking and I wish you weren't going through this nightmare. Just know that you truly are heroes in my eyes!

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#9

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

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

TakinPichas Report

REDNEKNATION
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

GOD BLESS YOU. 79 and still helping. a hero without a cape right their

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#10

Nurses Take Off Their Face Masks After A Grueling Shift In Fight With Novel Coronavirus

Nurses Take Off Their Face Masks After A Grueling Shift In Fight With Novel Coronavirus

PDChina Report

#11

Dr. Joy Vink Is On The Frontline Of NYC's Battle With Covid-19, But Without Access To Proper Personal Protective Gear

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 Health Care Heroes deserve better"

AmplifyHerNYC Report

NanZ
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This angers me that these health professionals are working without the required equipment. It is so wrong!

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#12

I Am Nurse And I Am Facing This Health Emergency Right Now

I Am Nurse And I Am Facing This Health Emergency Right Now

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#13

Nurse's Face After Taking Protective Gear Off

Nurse's Face After Taking Protective Gear Off

PDChina Report

REDNEKNATION
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

if you dont have anything nice to say Mugen then dont say anything.

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#14

This Is My Mom. She’s My Hero. She’s A 60 Year Old Primary Care Physician Testing Patients For Covid-19

This Is My Mom. She’s My Hero. She’s A 60 Year Old Primary Care Physician Testing Patients For Covid-19

"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."

JMSilverbrook Report

#15

As Most Of The World Is Isolating, Shutting Down, And Running As Far A Away From The Virus This Guy, Will Be Running Into It. This Guy Is My Guy And He Is An Emergency Room Doctor

As Most Of The World Is Isolating, Shutting Down, And Running As Far A Away From The Virus This Guy, Will Be Running Into It. This Guy Is My Guy And He Is An Emergency Room Doctor

"Today, my husband will be trained on how to don & doff - put on and take off a full protective suit. He will learn how to use and remove his gloves, masks, & eye shield protection. His mask will be tested. His gear will be poked and prodded with him in it. His nerves will be tested too but, he won’t fuss. People are sick and this his job. My husband is also part of a medical covid_19 team that will be doing everything & giving their everything to ensure as many people as possible come out on the other side of this crisis. He, along with the every other extraordinary nurse & frontline worker knows one thing is for sure - life how we have known it won’t look the same over the next several weeks. He will have to make devestating and heartbreaking decisions. He will be super exposed to the sickest patients. Some nights he will come home and need to talk. Other nights he won’t want to speak at all and that’s ok because I will be there. I’m so grateful I can be.. My husband does not like accolades or much attention, hence the very few pics of him on IG. Though now more than ever he and every other frontline worker needs to be told they are our heroes. Please do the same. In France while in lockdown, social media users have launched an initiative to show gratitude & support we applaud To every doctor & to all the other frontline heroes thank you. Thank you so much for your dedication & determination to fight this virus and to help those who need you now and need you the most"

danalevenson Report

Luisa Vasconcelos
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure you was a hero before for the many life's you saved but now you are a super hero. May the universe bless you with a healthy and happy long life. Thank you 🌹

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#16

Nurse's Face After A Long Shift

Nurse's Face After A Long Shift

PDChina Report

#17

Gear Marks On Nurse's Face

Gear Marks On Nurse's Face

PDChina Report

#18

This Is My New Reality. Our Unit Has Turned Into An Itu And I Spent 10.5hrs With 1hr Off In Full Ppe With Covid Patients

This Is My New Reality. Our Unit Has Turned Into An Itu And I Spent 10.5hrs With 1hr Off In Full Ppe With Covid Patients

"You develop headaches from the straps, pain all over your face, all of which you can’t touch till you de-robe. I still have marks and pain this morning.
Please all stay at home and do what is required. Chances are you will be ok but you might pass it onto someone else. We don’t need more patients!!!"

rowing.nurse Report

#19

Much Tiredness, Fear And Concern In Addition To The Brands, Injuries And Heat Caused By Protective Equipment

Much Tiredness, Fear And Concern In Addition To The Brands, Injuries And Heat Caused By Protective Equipment

qaisernawab098 Report

#21

Nurse Takes A Selfie To Show What Wearing A Mask Does To Her Face

Nurse Takes A Selfie To Show What Wearing A Mask Does To Her Face

PDChina Report

Giles Gallie
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks so painful. I practiced with the N95 in my office and I couldn't wear it for more than 2 hours. I am so thankful for the doctors, nurses and all the healthcare staff. Pauline.

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#22

This Is The Face Of Someone Who Just Spent 9 Hours In Personal Protective Equipment Moving Critically Ill Covid19 Patients Around London

This Is The Face Of Someone Who Just Spent 9 Hours In Personal Protective Equipment Moving Critically Ill Covid19 Patients Around London

"I feel broken - and we are only at the start. I am begging people, please please do social distancing and self isolation"

silv24 Report

#23

This Is Reality

This Is Reality

Martina Benedetti Report