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Medical staff from all over the world have been posting their selfies following long shifts in hospital, showing the marks on their faces after wearing protective apparatus for long hours while caring for patients with COVID-19.
As the number of admissions increases in hospitals globally every day, medical personnel have been encouraging everyone to stay at home and practice social distancing, in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. Healthcare workers the world over have been manning the frontline to fight against the outbreak which has already killed nearly 14,000 lives – every day bears a heavy toll on them both physically and mentally.
So this has become a trend on social media – medical staff are sharing their experiences as well as pictures of their tired faces, which have been scarred by their masks and goggles as they work through their shifts, hoping these will prevent them from being infected with the virus. They are also taking the opportunity to ask people to stay at home and protect themselves and their families, which in turn will mean less patients overwhelming the hospitals.
“This is the face of someone who just spent nine hours in personal protective equipment moving critically ill COVID-19 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.” These are the words of anesthetic registrar Natalie Silvey, who posted an image of her reddened face after a hard day’s work on Twitter.
Critical nurse Emma Sterba responded to Silvey with her own selfie, writing, “I feel your pain.”
They, like many others working in busy emergency centres around the world, are bracing themselves to face the peak of infections over the coming weeks. In the meantime they remind people that practising social distancing is not too much hardship, considering they have to forsake their loved ones to fight this epidemic for hours on end.
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