Exhausted nurse’s picture highlights gruelling reality of working on Covid ward

Merseyside nurse Lee Charlton shared this selfie showing his tired, PPE-marked face (Image: Lee Charlton/Facebook)

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A nurse has shared a photo capturing the gruelling reality of working on a coronavirus ward.

Lee Charlton, 27 posted the picture on his Facebook page following another hard shift on the pandemic lines.

The picture shows his face lined heavily with marks from wearing PPE.

The nurse, who works at a hospital in Merseyside, shared the insight into his daily working life as he begged people to take Covid-19 seriously before it is too late, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Do you think people aren't taking the pandemic seriously enough? Share your views in the comments below…

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The picture has been shared thousands of times with many thanking the nurse and his colleagues for their hard work and dedication,

Alongside the picture, the post read: "Hospitals are full! Nurses are overworked! Intensive Care is busier than ever! There aren’t enough beds for our patients. Please believe me this is SERIOUS!

“All these posts & conspiracies saying covid isn’t serious are a HUGE insult to myself & everyone working in the NHS!

“I just hope it’s not your loved ones that we are treating in Intensive Care. Rant over. #staysafeeveryone #nhs #ITU @wuthnhs."

There has been a 50% rise in Covid-19 hospital admissions in Merseyside in the past week alone.

NHS staff hard at work at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside
(Image: PA)

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The stark statistic, revealed today by NHS boss Simon Stevens, shows just what the region's NHS is now up against following the recent surge in infections.

The spread of mutant strains of coronavirus is being blamed for the UK now hitting records in daily deaths and new infections.

However NHS bosses have had to battle disinformation about the crisis.

A coronavirus ward at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside
(Image: PA)

Sir Simon last week blasted people who have snuck into hospitals to take photographs in efforts to baselessly claim they are not busy.

Many people commented on Lee's post in solidarity with the nurse.

One user said: “Thank you for everything you do.”

Another said: “Lee fair play mate. It annoys me so much when people watch this bulls*** and believe it. People should ask their friends who work in the hospitals before sharing these lies.”

A third said: “Thank you. We appreciate all you do.”

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