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Heart-Wrenching Photos of Overworked Doctors & Nurses

The intensive care doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are often almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets their only barrier to contagion.

World | Associated Press | May 3, 2020, 12:06 pm
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 Doctor Luca Tarantino electrophysiologist at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don't smile. The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are almost unrecognizable behind their masks. (Image: AP)

Doctor Luca Tarantino electrophysiologist at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don't smile. The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are almost unrecognizable behind their masks. (Image: AP)

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 A medical staff member reacts in the intensive care unit, where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated, at the Circolo Hospital in Varese, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

A medical staff member reacts in the intensive care unit, where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated, at the Circolo Hospital in Varese, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Healthcare workers rest as they finish swab tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Depok, south of Jakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Healthcare workers rest as they finish swab tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Depok, south of Jakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Medical staff, wearing protective suits and face masks, work at the intensive care unit for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France. (Image: Reuters)

Medical staff, wearing protective suits and face masks, work at the intensive care unit for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France. (Image: Reuters)

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 A nurse rests during a night shift at a hospital in Cremona, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

A nurse rests during a night shift at a hospital in Cremona, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 The marks of goggles and plasters are seen on a nurse's face after her shift inside the intensive care unit where patients with COVID-19 are treated at Juarez hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

The marks of goggles and plasters are seen on a nurse's face after her shift inside the intensive care unit where patients with COVID-19 are treated at Juarez hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

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 A health official painfully reacts on the ground while he was collecting samples from villagers during the curfew amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

A health official painfully reacts on the ground while he was collecting samples from villagers during the curfew amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 A healthcare worker takes a break outside the emergency centre at Maimonides Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US. (Image: Reuters)

A healthcare worker takes a break outside the emergency centre at Maimonides Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Claudia Accardo, ICU transport service at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in her daily shift. The intensive care doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and are almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets. (Image: AP)

Claudia Accardo, ICU transport service at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in her daily shift. The intensive care doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and are almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets. (Image: AP)

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 Lucia Perolari, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. (Image: AP)

Lucia Perolari, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Alessandro D'Aveni, an oncologist working in the COVID sub-intensive care unit poses for a photo at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. (Image: AP)

Alessandro D'Aveni, an oncologist working in the COVID sub-intensive care unit poses for a photo at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Martina Papponetti, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

Martina Papponetti, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

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 Francesco Tarantini, a nurse at the emergency structures that were set up to ease procedures for the arrival of Covid-19 patients, poses for a portrait at the Brescia Spedali Civili Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

Francesco Tarantini, a nurse at the emergency structures that were set up to ease procedures for the arrival of Covid-19 patients, poses for a portrait at the Brescia Spedali Civili Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Ana Travezanoi, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait. (Image: AP) (Image: AP)

Ana Travezanoi, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait. (Image: AP) (Image: AP)

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 Mirko Perruzza, a nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

Mirko Perruzza, a nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

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 Doctor Sebastiano Petracca, head physician of the ICU at the Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

Doctor Sebastiano Petracca, head physician of the ICU at the Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

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 Laura Orsini, an administrative worker at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

Laura Orsini, an administrative worker at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait. (Image: AP)

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 Adriano Rodriguez, an ICU nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

Adriano Rodriguez, an ICU nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

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 Daniela Turno, an ICU nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait.

Daniela Turno, an ICU nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait. "What we are living through is like a tattoo, It will remain forever," said Daniela Turno. (Image: AP)

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 Director of the Intensive Care unit Gabriele Tomasoni poses for a portrait at the Brescia Spedali Civic Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

Director of the Intensive Care unit Gabriele Tomasoni poses for a portrait at the Brescia Spedali Civic Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

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 Doctor Marta Catoni an immunologist at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in her daily shift. (Image: AP)

Doctor Marta Catoni an immunologist at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic, poses for a portrait during a break in her daily shift. (Image: AP)

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 Daniele Rondinella, an ICU nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

Daniele Rondinella, an ICU nurse at Rome's COVID 3 Spoke Casalpalocco Clinic poses for a portrait during a break in his daily shift. (Image: AP)

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 Intensive care unit nurse Michela Pagati poses for a photo at the Brescia Spedali Civili Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

Intensive care unit nurse Michela Pagati poses for a photo at the Brescia Spedali Civili Hospital, in Brescia, Italy. (Image: AP)

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