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Faces from the coronavirus frontlines

A medic of the regional hospital receives Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine shot against the coronavirus in Tver, Russia October 12, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A medic of the regional hospital receives Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine shot against the coronavirus in Tver, Russia October 12, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A medic of the regional hospital receives Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine shot against the coronavirus in Tver, Russia October 12, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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A medic wearing protective suit waves as he walks to start a shift to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus in a hospital in Tver, Russia October 13, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A medic wearing protective suit waves as he walks to start a shift to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus in a hospital in Tver, Russia October 13, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A medic wearing protective suit waves as he walks to start a shift to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus in a hospital in Tver, Russia October 13, 2020.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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A physiotherapist, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, reacts as she works in a pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where coronavirus patients are treated, France, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A physiotherapist, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, reacts as she works in a pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where coronavirus patients are treated, France, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A physiotherapist, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, reacts as she works in a pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where coronavirus patients are treated, France, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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A medical worker speaks on the phone at the City Clinical Hospital Number 52, where coronavirus patients are treated, in Moscow, Russia October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A medical worker speaks on the phone at the City Clinical Hospital Number 52, where coronavirus patients are treated, in Moscow, Russia October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A medical worker speaks on the phone at the City Clinical Hospital Number 52, where coronavirus patients are treated, in Moscow, Russia October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A nurse wearing a protective face mask and gloves looks on at Hazrate Ali Asghar Hospital in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A nurse wearing a protective face mask and gloves looks on at Hazrate Ali Asghar Hospital in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

A nurse wearing a protective face mask and gloves looks on at Hazrate Ali Asghar Hospital in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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A member of medical personnel gets dressed in a protective suit as COVID-19 patients are treated at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A member of medical personnel gets dressed in a protective suit as COVID-19 patients are treated at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A member of medical personnel gets dressed in a protective suit as COVID-19 patients are treated at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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A healthcare worker cleans her glasses after performing a nasal swab sample test for the coronavirus at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A healthcare worker cleans her glasses after performing a nasal swab sample test for the coronavirus at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A healthcare worker cleans her glasses after performing a nasal swab sample test for the coronavirus at CHIREC St Anne-St Remi Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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A hospital staffer works at a coronavirus ward amid a surge in new cases that has forced Israel into a second nationwide lockdown, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), Tel Aviv, Israel September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A hospital staffer works at a coronavirus ward amid a surge in new cases that has forced Israel into a second nationwide lockdown, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), Tel Aviv, Israel September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A hospital staffer works at a coronavirus ward amid a surge in new cases that has forced Israel into a second nationwide lockdown, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), Tel Aviv, Israel September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Doctor Pedro Archer is pictured outside a hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Doctor Pedro Archer is pictured outside a hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Doctor Pedro Archer is pictured outside a hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM, DM, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Director, M.A.M.A.S., Inc. poses for a portrait in Takoma Park, May 17, 2020. "While it does feel weird to be attending births in a spacesuit, I find that when the birth is approaching, the birthing person and I both forget to notice what we're wearing, and the emotional distance that I feared would come with full PPE does not happen. In the end, we are still connected, a midwife attending an amazing person who is producing a brand new human being, and all the struggle, courage, pain, beauty and awe that this miracle entails."

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Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM, DM, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Director, M.A.M.A.S., Inc. poses for a portrait in Takoma Park, May 17, 2020. "While it does feel weird to be attending births in a spacesuit, I find that when the birth is approaching, the...more

Mairi Breen Rothman, CNM, DM, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Director, M.A.M.A.S., Inc. poses for a portrait in Takoma Park, May 17, 2020. "While it does feel weird to be attending births in a spacesuit, I find that when the birth is approaching, the birthing person and I both forget to notice what we're wearing, and the emotional distance that I feared would come with full PPE does not happen. In the end, we are still connected, a midwife attending an amazing person who is producing a brand new human being, and all the struggle, courage, pain, beauty and awe that this miracle entails." REUTERS/Leah Millis
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A medical worker is seen in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker is seen in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker is seen in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A health worker takes a swab sample at an antigen test station for the coronavirus in Vienna, Austria, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

A health worker takes a swab sample at an antigen test station for the coronavirus in Vienna, Austria, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

A health worker takes a swab sample at an antigen test station for the coronavirus in Vienna, Austria, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Members of the medical staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus at the ICU of the General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Members of the medical staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus at the ICU of the General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Members of the medical staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus at the ICU of the General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Tarik Sheibani, 47, an Iraqi doctor and director of Al-Amal Hospital wears a face mask as he poses for a photo at the Hospital, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq September 13, 2020. Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a dozen relatives of a patient, who had just died of COVID-19, beat him unconscious. About two hours later the 47-year-old director of Al-Amal Hospital in the southern city of Najaf woke up in a different clinic with bruises all over his body. "All the doctors are scared," said Sheibani, speaking at his home in Kufa a few weeks after the Aug. 28 attack. "Every time a patient dies, we all hold our breath." REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Tarik Sheibani, 47, an Iraqi doctor and director of Al-Amal Hospital wears a face mask as he poses for a photo at the Hospital, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq September 13, 2020. Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a...more

Tarik Sheibani, 47, an Iraqi doctor and director of Al-Amal Hospital wears a face mask as he poses for a photo at the Hospital, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq September 13, 2020. Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a dozen relatives of a patient, who had just died of COVID-19, beat him unconscious. About two hours later the 47-year-old director of Al-Amal Hospital in the southern city of Najaf woke up in a different clinic with bruises all over his body. "All the doctors are scared," said Sheibani, speaking at his home in Kufa a few weeks after the Aug. 28 attack. "Every time a patient dies, we all hold our breath." REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A paediatrician wearing a protective suit takes a swab sample from a child for a coronavirus test in front of his medical office in Berlin, Germany September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

A paediatrician wearing a protective suit takes a swab sample from a child for a coronavirus test in front of his medical office in Berlin, Germany September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

A paediatrician wearing a protective suit takes a swab sample from a child for a coronavirus test in front of his medical office in Berlin, Germany September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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A medical worker, wearing a protective face mask, works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker, wearing a protective face mask, works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker, wearing a protective face mask, works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Britta Brennan, emergency nurse, and Arvind Suguness, MD, Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care, pose for a portrait in Washington, April 24, 2020. 

Britta Brennan: "The strangest thing about the practice of medicine in a pandemic is how the disease robs patients of their individuality. In the intensive care unit, patients are often rendered unconscious to allow the ventilator to breathe for them, and so those of us who work in these units often grasp at the small details of each patient to remind ourselves that they have a life beyond this illness: the color their nails are painted when they arrive, the way their hair is arranged or, if we're lucky, the stories their loved ones tell us about them."
 
Arvind Suguness: "This pandemic will be a touchstone event for my generation of medical professionals. Many years from now, when our nation has hopefully learned many lessons from the senseless loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, medical professionals will continue to recall the many ways in which we and our patients were failed by our government. We will remember the strangeness of these times and will hope that we never have to experience them again."

REUTERS/Leah Millis

Britta Brennan, emergency nurse, and Arvind Suguness, MD, Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care, pose for a portrait in Washington, April 24, 2020. Britta Brennan: "The strangest thing about the practice of medicine in a pandemic is how the disease...more

Britta Brennan, emergency nurse, and Arvind Suguness, MD, Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care, pose for a portrait in Washington, April 24, 2020. Britta Brennan: "The strangest thing about the practice of medicine in a pandemic is how the disease robs patients of their individuality. In the intensive care unit, patients are often rendered unconscious to allow the ventilator to breathe for them, and so those of us who work in these units often grasp at the small details of each patient to remind ourselves that they have a life beyond this illness: the color their nails are painted when they arrive, the way their hair is arranged or, if we're lucky, the stories their loved ones tell us about them." Arvind Suguness: "This pandemic will be a touchstone event for my generation of medical professionals. Many years from now, when our nation has hopefully learned many lessons from the senseless loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, medical professionals will continue to recall the many ways in which we and our patients were failed by our government. We will remember the strangeness of these times and will hope that we never have to experience them again." REUTERS/Leah Millis
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A nurse wearing a protective face mask and goggles poses in the ICU of a hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A nurse wearing a protective face mask and goggles poses in the ICU of a hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A nurse wearing a protective face mask and goggles poses in the ICU of a hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A nurse adjusts the protective suit of her colleague at the coronavirus treatment unit of a hospital in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A nurse adjusts the protective suit of her colleague at the coronavirus treatment unit of a hospital in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A nurse adjusts the protective suit of her colleague at the coronavirus treatment unit of a hospital in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Nurse Vanessa Castro removes her face mask as she reaches home after a night shift in Central Hospital in Maracay in Venezuela September 4, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

Nurse Vanessa Castro removes her face mask as she reaches home after a night shift in Central Hospital in Maracay in Venezuela September 4, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

Nurse Vanessa Castro removes her face mask as she reaches home after a night shift in Central Hospital in Maracay in Venezuela September 4, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
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Medical workers wear personal protective equipment as they get ready to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus at the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, India, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Medical workers wear personal protective equipment as they get ready to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus at the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, India, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Medical workers wear personal protective equipment as they get ready to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus at the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, India, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Registered nurse Annie Rigelhaupt (L), clinical nurse Zoe Bendixen (C) and registered nurse Melody Jones in Washington.

Annie Rigelhaupt: "Going into work, I actually feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and confusion these days. I'm 18 weeks pregnant so I'm a nurse that is considered exempt from working on COVID units ... I see the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual toll this virus is taking on my coworkers. I see how their workload has doubled, even tripled, not to mention the risks and loss they are exposed to."

Zoe Bendixen: "I feel apprehensive going into work, about whether I'll have the equipment and PPE necessary to do my job, about the potential bad outcomes for the pregnant people and newborns I take care of, about people not following stay at home, distancing guidelines."

Melody Jones: "These days, going into work you have mixed feelings, you know you have to do what you've been trained and educated to do as a nurse, but yet it's scary because of lack of PPE in some hospitals, risk of being exposed to coronavirus, wondering if you will contract it and expose friends and family. I say a prayer every day before work and hope I am protected and can continue to help our patients."

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Registered nurse Annie Rigelhaupt (L), clinical nurse Zoe Bendixen (C) and registered nurse Melody Jones in Washington. Annie Rigelhaupt: "Going into work, I actually feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and confusion these days. I'm 18 weeks...more

Registered nurse Annie Rigelhaupt (L), clinical nurse Zoe Bendixen (C) and registered nurse Melody Jones in Washington. Annie Rigelhaupt: "Going into work, I actually feel an overwhelming sense of guilt and confusion these days. I'm 18 weeks pregnant so I'm a nurse that is considered exempt from working on COVID units ... I see the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual toll this virus is taking on my coworkers. I see how their workload has doubled, even tripled, not to mention the risks and loss they are exposed to." Zoe Bendixen: "I feel apprehensive going into work, about whether I'll have the equipment and PPE necessary to do my job, about the potential bad outcomes for the pregnant people and newborns I take care of, about people not following stay at home, distancing guidelines." Melody Jones: "These days, going into work you have mixed feelings, you know you have to do what you've been trained and educated to do as a nurse, but yet it's scary because of lack of PPE in some hospitals, risk of being exposed to coronavirus, wondering if you will contract it and expose friends and family. I say a prayer every day before work and hope I am protected and can continue to help our patients." REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Dr. Mabel Diaz gestures before checking on coronavirus patients in an ICU, at the Dr. Alberto Antranik Eurnekian hospital in Ezeiza, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Dr. Mabel Diaz gestures before checking on coronavirus patients in an ICU, at the Dr. Alberto Antranik Eurnekian hospital in Ezeiza, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Dr. Mabel Diaz gestures before checking on coronavirus patients in an ICU, at the Dr. Alberto Antranik Eurnekian hospital in Ezeiza, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
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A health worker is seen in the ICU at the CHIREC Delta Hospital in Brussels, Belgium August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A health worker is seen in the ICU at the CHIREC Delta Hospital in Brussels, Belgium August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A health worker is seen in the ICU at the CHIREC Delta Hospital in Brussels, Belgium August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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A health worker rests before the burial of a woman who died due to the coronavirus at a graveyard, in New Delhi, India, August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A health worker rests before the burial of a woman who died due to the coronavirus at a graveyard, in New Delhi, India, August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A health worker rests before the burial of a woman who died due to the coronavirus at a graveyard, in New Delhi, India, August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A health worker wearing a protective suit attends to a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site of the Helsinki University Hospital in Helsinki, Finland July 31, 2020. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander/via REUTERS

A health worker wearing a protective suit attends to a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site of the Helsinki University Hospital in Helsinki, Finland July 31, 2020. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander/via REUTERS

A health worker wearing a protective suit attends to a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site of the Helsinki University Hospital in Helsinki, Finland July 31, 2020. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander/via REUTERS
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A nurse works inside a field hospital built on a soccer stadium in Machakos, Kenya, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A nurse works inside a field hospital built on a soccer stadium in Machakos, Kenya, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A nurse works inside a field hospital built on a soccer stadium in Machakos, Kenya, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A medical worker works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical worker works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Clinique Bouchard-ELSAN private hospital in Marseille, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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