An Italian nurse who is treating coronavirus patients shared a raw snap of her bruised face on Instagram .
Young nurse Alessia Bonari uploaded the photo that showed bruising around her eyes, nose and forehead after she wore what she claimed was ill-fitting protective gear.
In the post, she said: “I’m afraid to go to work. I’m afraid because the mask may not adhere to my face, or I may have accidentally touched myself with dirty gloves.”
Ms Bonari added: “I am physically tired because the protective devices are bad, the lab coat makes me sweat and once dressed I can no longer go to the bathroom or drink for six hours.
“I am psychologically tired, as are my colleagues, who have been in the same condition for weeks.
“But this won’t prevent us from doing our job as we’ve always done. I will continue to take care of my patients because I am proud and love my job.”
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Ms Bonari’s post quickly racked up 453,000 likes and a mammoth 16,200 comments, most of which praised the nurse.
One said: “Thanks for what you do sister. Thinking of you every day. Be strong.”
Another added: “You are an example Alessia, we are all with you. You are all angels. Good job.”
Her post was uploaded after Italy’s government took the drastic step of shutting down the whole country in a desperate bid to contain the spread of coronavirus .
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Italy is one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus outside of China, with 12,462 cases and 827 deaths being recorded.
But, there has been a drastic change in fortunes for the country with more people having recovered from the virus than dying from it.
The latest figures show 1,004 people have made a full recovery and that 7,637 of cases are reportedly mild.
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