As more and more COVID-19 patients start showing up in hospitals, medical staff around the world are being pushed to their limits, working long hours with a disturbing lack of necessary equipment. As governments urge people to stay indoors to slow the spread of the virus, doctors and nurses have been speaking out to let people know just how serious the situation has already become.

The doctors and nurses are sharing their faces, showing the stress and exhaustion that comes with their already high-pressure jobs in the face of a pandemic, but also the physical effects that come with wearing masks to help prevent them from getting infected or passing the virus on to other people.

One doctor in Italy shared the shocking results of wearing his protective equipment for 13 hours straight.

The workers are accompanying the photos with the harrowing realities they face inside of hospitals.

The images are a sobering reminder as to the sacrifices that medical workers are making to protect the rest of the world.

Many of them are pleas for help for support.

These are a huge reminder to stay home and self-isolate, if not for your own health, for the health of other people so that these hard-working people can also stay safe.

Let these images be a reminder of the importance of staying home, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms, in this tough time.

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