Health Care Workers Share Photos Of Their Bruised Faces After Wearing Protective Gear All Day

Nurses and doctors don’t have any choice when an epidemic happens except going to their work when the duty calls them. And since they’re dealing with patients directly. Their lives are in danger every day.

Their job is so hard, however, it’s unbearable lately. They come home totally tired, with some bruises on their bodies and the fear that things are going to be even worse the coming day.

Their situations these days are horrible. And by showing their photos, particularly sharing what their faces look like after wearing protective gear all day, they show us the real situation. We can see great men and women despite facing danger and panic all day, still put all their efforts into their work, because their duty is to save the other’s lives.

Even when the situation looks frustrating, they don’t stop their work.

The photo of the Italian medical worker dr Nicola Sgarbi was the first photo who went viral after he spent a 13-hour shift to help the people who tested positive. Nicola snapped his photo after his shift, and it’s unbelievable.

Nicolas’s Facebook

“I don’t love selfies,” Nicola wrote on his March 14 Facebook post, per NBC. “Yesterday, though, I took this photo. After 13 hours in ICU after taking off all my protective devices, I took a selfie.”

People shared his post 74,000 times. which showcases deep red lines from wearing protective gear. People show their respect and love on his page “I salute you and thank you for your love and vocation to your profession,” one follower wrote.

Nicola’s Facebook

Nicola said “I am not and I don’t feel like a hero,” he said. “I am a normal person, who loves his job and who, now more than ever, is proud and proud to do it by giving all himself on the forefront lines together with other wonderful people.” and some doctors and nurses share his point of view.


After Nicola’s photo was shared, Doctors and nurses around the world shared also their photos showing what their faces look like after a hard shift. Their bruises show us how hard they work to keep our communities healthy.

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Sono i un'infermiera e in questo momento mi trovo ad affrontare questa emergenza sanitaria. Ho paura anche io, ma non di andare a fare la spesa, ho paura di andare a lavoro. Ho paura perché la mascherina potrebbe non aderire bene al viso, o potrei essermi toccata accidentalmente con i guanti sporchi, o magari le lenti non mi coprono nel tutto gli occhi e qualcosa potrebbe essere passato. Sono stanca fisicamente perché i dispositivi di protezione fanno male, il camice fa sudare e una volta vestita non posso più andare in bagno o bere per sei ore. Sono stanca psicologicamente, e come me lo sono tutti i miei colleghi che da settimane si trovano nella mia stessa condizione, ma questo non ci impedirà di svolgere il nostro lavoro come abbiamo sempre fatto. Continuerò a curare e prendermi cura dei miei pazienti, perché sono fiera e innamorata del mio lavoro. Quello che chiedo a chiunque stia leggendo questo post è di non vanificare lo sforzo che stiamo facendo, di essere altruisti, di stare in casa e così proteggere chi è più fragile. Noi giovani non siamo immuni al coronavirus, anche noi ci possiamo ammalare, o peggio ancora possiamo far ammalare. Non mi posso permettere il lusso di tornarmene a casa mia in quarantena, devo andare a lavoro e fare la mia parte. Voi fate la vostra, ve lo chiedo per favore.

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Alessia Bonari is an Italian nurse, she was one of those who shared the harsh of what’s happening at hospitals. According to Business Insider, Alissa wrote: “physically tired because the protective devices are bad, the lab coat makes me sweat, and once dressed, I can no longer go to the bathroom or drink for six hours.”

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These Photos are also a strong reminder that we should be staying home. If you think you are healthy and young, put in mind that you can still transmit the coronavirus to someone who is not. By respecting the quarantine, you are able to help people in need.

People’s Daily, China

According to doctors and nurses, the hospitals have been like a front-line war zone because of the spread of the virus. A lot of health care workers around the world share their stories using a shared document online. The New York Times reported some of the things that were shared.

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A nurse from New jersey named Sonja Schwartzbach created the document to show us the real situation happening in hospitals, and this later is a lot worse than it was being portrayed as on the news.“There was such desperation,” she said. “And it wasn’t being adequately addressed in the news media.”

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In order to avoid losing the job, the document was kept anonymous. The documents said “This isn’t a polite request: This is an urgent demand, Tell me your story. Share your situations. I understand that it can feel challenging to be candid as a health care provider, but this is the difference between life and death”

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Thank you to @nytimes for allowing me to use this platform to speak to the masses. I will continue to fight for the front lines, & will do so far after this pandemic is over. Please read & share…the front lines depend on it. Available today on the New York Times Online: link in my bio & story. I love you guys. Thank you for allowing me to be a voice for those who cannot speak…❤️💉 (( A million thanks to @sehrthads / @cschweitz / @jessjacobsx / @jpizzle517 for making this possible…the world needs women who support women the way that you do! 🦋) 🎤 🎤 ▫️ ▫️ 💉 ▫️ ❤️ ▫️ 💊 #nurselife #nursesofinstagram #icunurse #scrublife #nursehumor #nurseproblems #nursingschool #nursesonja #nursesdayoff #icuproblems #nurse #babeswhohustle #nursesdoitbetter #ohshitialmostkilledyou #srna #srnalife #crnaschool #nursesbelike #residency #anesthesia #missionformasks #getmeppe #coronavirus #covid_19 #nyt

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Sonja’s followers helped her to spread her message. The title of the documents is “Covid-19: Mission for Masks” and it reveals how underprepared many hospitals are.e were told to use a bandanna because so many of our supplies were stolen from patients early on,” One nurse shared.

They know that dealing with outbreaks is part of their job, but many of them think they’re not being treated with much respect while going in every day.“We are being called to jeopardize our own health and safety to treat our community, It is disgusting. I wish more attention would be given to us on the front lines and the situation we face. We live in the richest country in the world and yet we don’t have the tools to perform our job safely. This virus is terrifying.” one nurse wrote.

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Some products are also being reused. And this can be very dangerous. For this reason, it’s very important for doctors and nurses to openly showcase the fact that they’re risking their lives every day. These mask photos show how terrible their workdays are.

What makes the situation worse is that they have to deal with months at a busy hospital where many patients will lose their lives and its rough on anyone. But they may also feel guilty that they may have the virus and accidentally spread it to their other patients due to situations out of their control.


Finally, if you have a surplus of masks. Please consider donating them to your nearby hospital. And be sure that there they will be definitely used. We have to give some help to our health care workers because they are battling a war, and any bit of support counts during a hard time like this.