A nurse in Russia has been disciplined for wearing only lingerie beneath her transparent protective gown while working on an all-male coronavirus ward, according to Daily Mail.
A picture taken of her by a patient, who said there were "no complaints" from any of the patients, has gone viral online. The hospital is located in Tula, about 100 miles south of Moscow.
Despite the joy she brought to patients on the ward, the nurse was punished for "non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing" by hospital chiefs. The nurse claimed it was "too hot" to wear her nurse's uniform beneath the protective gown. She also said that she was unaware of how transparent her PPE gown was.
The regional health ministry reported that, "a disciplinary sanction was applied to the nurse of the infectious diseases department who violated (uniform) requirements."
Initially, it was believed that she was wearing lingerie, however hospital chiefs later referred to her attire as a "swimming suit" beneath the PPE gown.
The nurse has not spoken publicly on the matter and the details of the sanction remain unclear.
The patients themselves had no issue, although one patient admitted that there may have been "some embarrassment."
Several readers of Tula News, a local newspaper were fine with the nurse's decision. One reader, Sergey Ratnikov, said, "At least someone has a sense of humour in this gloomy, gloomy reality.'"
"Why the reprimand?" Asked Albert Kuzminov.
"Everyone shouted at her, but no one paid attention that she was dressed in this way because of the heat," voiced another supporter, "maybe you need to yell at the management… because there is no normal air conditioning here."
"Well done, she raised the mood of the patients," commented Marine Astakhova, under the article.
"Why punish the nurse, you need to reward her. Seeing this outfit, no-one wants to die." wrote Valery Kapnin.
The incident happened at the same time as Alexander Myasnikov, head of Russia's COVID-19 monitoring centre, gave the nation a blunt warning about the virus.
"The infection will anyway take its toll," he said. "It'll take its toll. We will anyway all get sick." He continued, "Those who were supposed to die will die."
As of Tuesday, Russia had a total of 299,941 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an official death toll of 2,837. However, many people believe Russia is downplaying the reality of their problem, and not issuing accurate statistics.