The coronavirus is taking a serious toll on the doctors and nurses risking their lives while treating infected patients.
Moving in and out of negative-pressure rooms, putting on protective equipment and taking it off again, nurses are caring for patients who are severely ill and sometimes dying. They spend the greatest amount of time with the patients.
These nurses draw blood, obtain samples, provide oxygen, and devotedly tend to their patients’ needs. When a patient is placed in intensive care, it’s the nurses who do the mundane and the heroic to help the patient recover or die with a little more comfort.
Nurses are the underappreciated heroes of this crisis. Though they are usually the coolest of head in the room, they are now feeling the tremendous pressure of their situation.
Here we take a closer look at some of the brave men and women who are on the front lines battling this virus.
BELGIUM: Home nurse Christophe wipes the face of one of his patients in the city of Ciney on April 6. Christophe said he has received a box of 50 face masks from the Belgian government and no other personal protection equipment.
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FLORIDA: Nurse practitioner Gregory Pierre holds the hand of Leonardo Toledo Martinez, who is homeless, as he is tested for COVID-19 in Miami on April 16.
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CHINA: Medical staff members hug one another in an isolation ward at a hospital in Zouping in Shandong province on Jan. 28.
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CHINA: Medical staff from Jilin province hug nurses from Wuhan they worked with during the coronavirus outbreak on April 8.
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IRAN: A nurse wears protective gear in a COVID-19 ward at a hospital in Tehran on March 8.
(Mohammad Ghadamali / Associated Press)
WASHINGTON: A nurse at a drive-up coronavirus testing station in Seattle holds a swab used to take a sample from the nose of a person in their car on March 13.
(Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
HUNGARY: Nurses gear up before treating COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Budapest on March 16.
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: A nurse holds a thermometer used to screen people crossing the border from Haiti on March 17 in the city of Jimani.
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March 17, 2020
FLORIDA: Nurse Jany Guedes administers a coronavirus test to Maria Laso at a drive-up testing site in Miami on March 20.
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PENNSYLVANIA: Nurse Jamie Huot, a Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, works at a coronavirus testing site in South Philadelphia on March 20.
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SOUTH KOREA: Nurse Kim Eun-hee, her forehead cushioned with bandages to prevent chafing from her protective face shield, takes a break between shifts caring for COVID-19 patients in Daegu on March 12.
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COLOMBIA: A nurse takes the temperature of a woman outside the main bus terminal in Bogota on March 24.
(Fernando Vergara / Associated Press)
GERMANY: A nurse puts on a gown in the isolation ward for coronavirus patients at a hospital in Schwerin on March 26.
(Jens Buettner / Associated Press)
GERMANY: A nurse prepares medical equipment at a hospital in Essen on March 26.
(Martin Meissner / Associated Press)
ITALY: Ana Travezano, 39, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, removes her mask at the end of her shift on March 27.
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NEW YORK: A nurse holds a sign asking for more protective equipment outside the emergency entrance at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on March 28.
(Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
LEBANON: Nurses applaud a performance by musicians from Ahla Fawda, a nongovernmental organization, for staff and patients at Rafic Hariri University Hospital in Beirut on April 16.
(Hussein Malla / Associated Press)
NEW YORK: Katherine Ramos, right, a nurse from Cape Coral, Fla., shares an intimate moment with her 4-year-old daughter Victoria on April 1 at a relative’s home in Patterson, N.Y., where they are staying after Ramos answered New York’s call for volunteers to reinforce staff at hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.
(James Ramos / Associated Press)
TEXAS: Nurse Yvette Laugere adjusts her safety goggles at a newly opened COVID-19 testing site in Sugar Land outside Houston on April 2.
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MEXICO: A nurse takes the temperature of a patient at the Jalisco Dermatological Institute in Guadalajara on March 13.
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ENGLAND: A nurse prepares to swab a driver at a drive- through COVID-19 testing station in Chessington on March 28.
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SPAIN: Staffers embrace in the intensive care unit at Bellvitge University Hospital in Llobregat near Barcelona on April 9.
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TEXAS: A Rosie the Riveter-inspired mural on a wall near a hospital in Dallas pays tribute to nurses on April 7.
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