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German Doctors Are Posing Nudes To Protest A Lack Of Coronavirus Masks


German Doctors Are Posing Nudes To Protest A Lack Of Coronavirus Masks

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Doctors in Germany treating coronavirus patients are protesting what they say are shortages of masks, gloves, and visors by posing naked.

The group of doctors call their protest Blanke Bedenken, which roughly translates as Bare Concerns.

They hope their nudes will draw attention to what they say is a lack of available personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies like disinfectants.

They are also encouraging other doctors and health care workers to join in by submitting their own pictures.

A spokesperson for the group said the page had been live since April 22, but had received a big influx in pictures since it was covered by German newspaper Bild on Monday.

The response to the protest had been “absolutely positive” so far, the spokesperson said, adding that the German government had to not only buy more PPE but make better use of its existing supplies.

Ruben Bernau, one of the doctors taking part in the protest, said that the group was inspired by the French doctor Alain Colombié, who posted a picture of him sitting in his office naked apart from an armband with the words “cannon fodder” on it.

In a message directed at French President Emmanuel Macron, Colombié wrote that French doctors were being asked “to go to the front without weapons and no defenses.”

“The nudity should symbolize that we are vulnerable without protection,” Bernau said.

Jana Husemann, another doctor taking part in the protest, said, “We want to and must continue to take good care of our patients, especially those who need a personal examination.

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