Coronavirus: Nurses in China shave their hair, wear adult diapers for maximum work efficiency

A selfless act in a time of need.

Sumita Thiagarajan | February 12, 06:12 pm


As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) claims more victims in China, healthcare staff on the frontline are making more sacrifices to ensure that helping patient recover is their biggest priority.

Female nurses shave their hair to prevent cross contamination

On Feb. 10, 2020, a Twitter post by Chinese news agency, Xinhua, showed nurses in Xi’an shaving their heads.

The video explained that the nurses voluntarily shaved their heads before heading to the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, amidst rising infections in healthcare staff and a shortage of manpower in hospitals.

This is not the first instance of female nurses in China shaving their head to put their patients first.

Other female nurses in Shaanxi have done the same, as seen in another Twitter video posted on Feb. 7, 2020.

The video explained that having no hair allows nurses to wear and remove their protective hazmat suits quickly.

It seems that the first report of a nurse who might have inspired this action would be nurse Shan Xia, from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University.

People’s Daily in China posted a Facebook post featuring her selfless act on Jan. 27, 2020.

Wearing adult diapers to reduce number of toilet breaks

As far as sacrifices go, some nurses have sacrificed their toilet breaks to save their patients by wearing adult diapers, reported Business Insider.

Due to the sacrifices being made by medical staff and physical and mental exhaustion, medical staff are at a higher risk of infection by the coronavirus.

According to reports, hospitals in Wuhan are understaffed as some medical staff have become infected by the virus when working on the front line.

About 500 hospital staff in Wuhan affected by novel coronavirus

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Top photos by Xinhua/Twitter

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Sumita dreams of a world where humans live in perfect harmony with animals, including rats, pigeons and cockroaches. If you’re bored, you can always ask Sumita to tell you cool facts about our native snakes, or bomb-sniffing hero rats.

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