26 Heartbreaking Photos Of Overworked Doctors Are Going Viral As They Push Their Limits To The Max

In the world’s ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, no one is risking their lives more than the healthcare workers. While most corporate employees can now enjoy the privilege of working from home, that’s simply not the case for them. They continue to be out there, sacrificing their own lives to save others. Over the past few weeks, photos of overworked doctors, nurses, and other medical workers have gone viral online. These prove the sad reality that’s happening for several months now, in most hospitals around the world.

It’s been over three months now since the announcement of the first-ever confirmed COVID-19 case. However, the number continues to drastically increase each day, with over 500,000 confirmed cases to date. While the death toll has reached over 20,000, the number of recovered cases remains to be significantly higher at over 120,000.

 

Photos of overworked doctors, nurses, and medical workers have recently gone viral online

 

“This is a sprint and marathon in one – it’s a very intense strain, but at the same time it takes a long time and the end is not yet in sight.

 

“After 13 hours in ICU after taking off all my protective devices, I took a selfie.”

 

“This is reality.”

 

“This is an anesthesiologist, Dr. John Henao, who is running out of PPE (personal protective equipment) at his hospital.”

 

“Just finished a 12 hour shift swabbing symptomatic covid19 patients are our drive thru testing site in Cleveland. We collectively swabbed 629.”

 

“My battle scars”

Even so, this doesn’t change the fact that the pandemic has been overwhelming both global and domestic healthcare systems. Health facilities have started operating way beyond their standard capacities. Even hospitals have been experiencing a shortage of supplies and equipment these days. This has left medical workers with no option but to improvise even their own personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

“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.”

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This story I posted the other day after a grueling shift at the hospital got a lot of shares, and I want to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support in response. I really appreciate it. __ 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 a government 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. __ I will soon be sharing more ways to get involved and support healthcare workers. We will need all the help we can get. Stay tuned. And for the love of god, STAY HOME. __ Love, Katie #yournurselovesyou #covid19 ??

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“I am a nurse and right now I am facing this medical emergency.”

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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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“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.”

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Morning everyone. 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!!! . . #covid_19 #covidnurse #nurse #nurselife #itunurse #hdunurse #stayhome #stayhomesavelives #nursesofinstagram #nhs #nationalhealthservice #pandemic #nhsstaff #intensivecare #intensivecareunit #itu #highdependencyunit #nursing #canstillruntowork #runnersofinstagram #running #runningmotivation #runner #runhappy #fitnessmotivation #fitness @jo_johnston_theophilus #rowingnurse

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Emergency Nurse in Italy

 

“As most of the world is isolating, shutting down, and running as far away from the virus, this guy will be running into it.”

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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 #weapplaud To every doctor & to all the other frontline heroes #thankyou. 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 #doctors #nurses #frontlineworkers #covid_19 #coronavirus #thankyou #weapplaud #weareinthistogether #medicalhereos @who @ongov @govcanada

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“Under the overalls, masks and visors we are the ones who laugh, cry, hope and cheer for our patients.”

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"Ma non hai paura?" Certo che ho paura… "E come fai ad andare lì dentro tutti i giorni? Dove trovi la forza?" Ecco, te lo spiego con questa foto: questa sono io quando ieri sera, a mezzanotte, finivo il mio turno nel reparto covid. Il viso stanco e tirato, segnato, ma un accenno di sorriso perché nonostante tutto ero riuscita a consolare e confortare una paziente, vedova da due giorni, a parlare e ridere con due nonne dei loro nipotini e di quanto non vedano l'ora di riabbracciarli e preparare loro una bella merenda sostanziosa, super nonne! Un paziente ha addirittura potuto tornare a casa visto il miglioramento del quadro clinico e non potete immaginare la gioia nei suoi occhi quando gli ho aperto la porta di uscita del reparto e… buon ritorno a casa!!! Sotto le tute, le maschere e le visiere ci siamo noi che ridiamo, piangiamo, speriamo e facciamo il tifo per i nostri pazienti… e loro lo percepiscono e magari anche solo con uno sguardo ti ringraziano.. ecco, questo mi da la forza ? #nurselife #covid19italia #covid19 #momlife #momoftwo #instamoment #instaphoto #instapic #picoftheday #familyfirst #notonlymama #vitadamamma #momlife #nurse #covidnurse #loveforlife #infermiera #instanurse #mylife #iononpossorestareacasa #stateacasa #maviepuntoit #mamxmam #italiannurse

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Nurse’s Life in the midst of the Pandemic

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#nurse #nurselife #coronanurse

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Bruises on a Nurse’s Face after Shift

With insufficient protective gear, medical workers have become susceptible to contracting the virus more than ever. Sadly, some hospitals are already suffering from limited manpower as some members begin to fall ill too. So, those who remain in the field have no choice but to work longer shifts and risk their lives even more.

 

“I’m afraid when we run out of resources— supplies and staff. “

 

“Here’s a massive thank you to the ICU nurses, intensivists, and RTs who are wearing this PPE for an upwards of 30-40 minutes, if not longer…”

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If you were to wear an N95 mask properly for about 5-8 minutes in a patient’s room to let’s say take your patient to the bathroom safely, administer medications, or do an assessment, you’d probably have marks similar to these on your face? ? Not only are you left with these temporary marks, but you quickly experience difficulty breathing after the first few minutes of applying the mask. You also start to heat up from the layers of gown, gloves, and eye shield? ? …so here’s a massive thank you to the ICU nurses, intensivists, and RTs who are wearing this PPE for an upwards of 30-40 minutes, if not longer, during invasive (aerosol-generating) bedside procedures. Whether they’re dealing with an extubation or are all hands on deck during a code, they deserve a huge shout out for the physical exhaustion they endure when providing the safest & best care possible to their patients ?? ? ? ? *Disclaimer – this photo was taken at home after wearing one of my Dad’s masks that he uses for work (he works in settings with fresh paint, dust, sanding, and welding)

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“Hospital policy now mask at all times.”

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@jasonwasfy shares: Hospital policy now mask at all times. I have been doing in CCU anyhow. Critical step to reduce transmission, for example among asymptomatic HCWs. Not sure can do nationally because not enough masks. Need more than proclamations – need factories converted and running. Please listen, share , join our groups and start a movement. #CoronavirusPandemic #ppe #PPEshortage #nationalnursesunited #COVID19 #PPE #UnionStrong #coronavirus #nurseburnout #nursefatigue #nurselife #coronavirusnurses #covid19 #nursesonthefrontlines #caregiversofcoronavirus #diariesfromthefield #CoronavirusPandemic #StayAtHome #GetMePPE #GetMePPE @VP #thenewnormal #soilderonthefrontlines #doctorsindanger #globalpandemic

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Health Worker at the Frontline of the Pandemic

In addition to urging the public to stay home, some took to social media to share their after-shift selfies. And most, if not all, of these images show their severely bruised faces and extremely tired eyes. Coupled with heartbreaking stories, their posts prove that the pandemic is very much real. It’s not something that we should take very lightly.

 

“This is what you look like after wearing an N95 mask all day.”

 

“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.'”

 

The images show the bruises on the faces of overworked doctors and healthcare workers after working long hours in their PPE

 

“This is my mom. She’s 71 years old and screening people from the afternoon to midnight.”

 

“This is my mom. She’s my hero. She’s a 60 year old primary care physician testing patients for #COVID19.”

 

“This is the face of someone who just spent 9 hours in personal protective equipment moving critically ill Covid19 patients around London.”

 

“This was me last night on shift as a critical nurse when I went on my lunch hour after wearing a mask and all the gear…”

 

This is the sad reality that most hospitals have been experiencing for several months now

 

“Here’s mine from yesterday after only 4 hours”

 

“I was honestly wondering if everyone’s face was bright red after taking off their mask.”

 

So, let’s take all necessary precautionary measures—staying home, social distancing, frequent handwashing, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle—to heart. That’s the least we could do to help our modern-day heroes.