Hundreds of nurses and doctors are giving their best to fight with the coronavirus every day since the start of the outbreak.
The dangerous coronavirus has killed 1115 people and infected 45,171 globally.
The virus now has reached 27 countries, but the vast majority of cases have been in China. The amount of patients has become a big challenge for nurses and doctors. They are taking extreme measures to treat patients more effectively. One of these measures is shaving their heads to reduce the risk of contamination.
A video posted by China’s largest newspaper shows nurses from the Shaanxi shaving their heads before heading out to Wuhan. Long hair can spread pathogens and poses a risk of cross-contamination.
The big difficulty is to put on and take off protective hazmat suits and masks. Both doctors and nurses trying to save time as efficiently as possible, so the decision was made to remove their hair altogether.
One nurse went viral for shaving her head at the end of January in preparation to care for coronavirus patients. Shan Xia, a young nurse who works at Wuhan University’s Renmin Hospital, shaved her hair and shared before and after pictures. It shows their dedication and loyalty towards their profession.
Other than shaving their hair, doctors and nurses also wear adult diapers. They just want to save their time by going bathrooms during their long and exhausting shifts at hospitals.
The crisis is heavily affecting the medical staff. Nurses and doctors are left with bruises and marks from masks digging into their skin and bleached skin from disinfectant. Many of them suffer from both physical and mental exhaustion.
Candice Qin, a therapist from Beijing, told The Washington Post: “I think it is a strain for every doctor and every nurse in Wuhan, both physically and mentally. We know that patients are worried, but we should bear in mind that doctors are just as human as well.”
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