As many of us are sheltering and planning for lengthy lockdowns, health-care workers continue to fight the novel COVID-19 on the frontlines.
After spending 12 or more hours wearing goggles at ICU, doctors and nurses are picturing themselves wrapped head-to-toe in personal protective equipment and with red marks on their faces.
Most of the health workers agreed that they don't feel like ' heroes ' but want people to consider the difficulties they face when they handle patients who are severely ill. The virus has since infected more than 372,000 people worldwide and more than 16,300 people have passed away.
One of the front-line doctors is Dr. Nicola Sgarbi,35, from Modena, Italy -whose country has the second-highest figures. Dr. Sgarbi posted a picture on Facebook on March 13 after spending 13 hours at the ICU treating COVID-19 patients, the virus-caused disease.
Doctors and nurses are picturing themselves wrapped head-to-toe in personal protective equipment and with red marks on their faces
The photo shows the doctor raising his goggles over his face with red lines under his eyes and on the bridge of his nose.
‘I'm not a selfie fan. I did take this photo yesterday, having taken off all my safety equipment after 13 hours in ICU, Dr. Sgabri wrote on Twitter.
He added: 'I do not act like a hero and I do not. I am a regular guy who loves his work and is more than ever happy and proud to do so by offering himself with other good people (doctors, nurses) on the front lines.’
The photo has gone really viral with over 74,000 shares and 240,000 likes.
‘I took the picture primarily for two reasons. First, to send it to my partner, to tell her that I had finished my work shift and that I was slightly bruised on my way home. 'Secondly, to show it to my 1-year-old daughter when she’s grown up. I will be telling her about this moment.' Dr. Sgabri continued.
However, not just doctors! Nurses are also spending several hours on the frontline.
Registered nurse Sherry Dong, 25, serves at the ICU in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Johns Hopkins Medical Centre. She posted a photo of herself and her co-worker on Reddit on Friday, wearing disposable gowns, gloves and face shields.