Along with doctors and other medical staff, nurses have been on the frontline of Italy’s fight againstΒ coronavirus – sharing stories of exhaustion and heroism in the face of a disease that has killed more than 800 people and infected over 12,400.

Young nurse Alessia Bonari, who shared a photo showing the marks on her face after wearing a protective mask, said she was afraid to go to work every day.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “I am afraid because the mask might not stick properly to the face, or I might have accidentally touched myself with dirty gloves, or maybe the lenses don’t cover my eyes fully and something slipped by.
“I am physically tired because the protective devices hurt, the lab coat makes me sweat and once I’m dressed I can no longer go to the bathroom or drink for 6 hours.

In the past days, a photo of another nurse, Elena Pagliarini, has become a symbol of the medical profession’s fight against coronavirus. Ms. Pagliarini works at a hospital in Cremona. The city is in Lombardy, the country’s hardest-hit region.