A South Dakota nurse who cares for Covid-19 patients, and spoke about how many of them still don’t believe the virus is real, received a lot of responses on social media.
Jodi Doering tweeted about how the nursing staff are often at the receiving end of targeted hate from patients who don’t believe in the virus.
“They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that ‘stuff’ because they don’t have COVID because it’s not real,” she tweeted.
Going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And
— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) November 15, 2020
After her Twitter thread describing her experience started circulating on the internet, Doering appeared on CNN‘s ‘New Day’ on Monday to talk about how despite the surge in Covid-19 cases some of them don’t believe the virus is real.
“I think the hardest thing to watch is that people are still looking for something else and they want a magic answer, and they don’t want to believe that Covid is real,” she said.
“People want it to be influenza, they want it to be pneumonia, and we’ve even had people say, “I think it could be lung cancer.” She recalled that one of her patients’ last words were, “This can’t be happening. It’s not real.”
A South Dakota ER nurse @JodiDoering says her Covid-19 patients often “don’t want to believe that Covid is real.”
“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real.’ And when they should be… Facetiming their families, they’re filled with anger and hatred.” pic.twitter.com/tgUgP6znAT
— New Day (@NewDay) November 16, 2020
Also said told the channel that the delusions of some patients are taking a toll on healthcare workers.
“It’s like a movie where the credits never roll,” Doering said. “And it’s hard and sad, because every hospital, every nurse, every doctor in the state is seeing the same things”.
Here’s how people reacted to her statements:
— Random.Internet.BOT (@Thereapper69) November 16, 2020
Very few don’t believe it’s real at all. Most people, who I assume you would discredit too, simply believe there is reasonable room for discussion as to whether lockdowns actually accomplish what they are intended to and whether masks (especially cloth) are truly effective
— Jackson Colt (@jacksoncolt92) November 16, 2020
God Bless you, Jodi. 🙏💕. Please stay safe. When my time comes, I want a badass fierce patient advocate like you. Never change. 💕
— BevMarie (@evenbev) November 16, 2020
Jodi, thank you and all the front line health care workers for everything you do. I can’t even pretend to imagine what you go through on a daily basis. God bless.
— Sue Smith (@Suze928) November 16, 2020
Thank you @JodiDoering. This was such an illuminating, heart wrenching interview. The selfishness and denial of our fellow Americans is just mind blowing.
— Lauren (@LillianLauren) November 16, 2020
Famous last words in the Matrix. pic.twitter.com/tOX9k5ProA
— Shore Patrol 420 ☠️☠️☠️USCG VET (@CFrost420) November 16, 2020
Staggering denial of science and reality
— chris_ellis 🏝 (@chris_ellis) November 16, 2020
South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem has been criticised for constantly downplaying the virus situation.
Noem also did not order a state-wise lockdown earlier this year, unlike most other states and has actively criticised mask mandates across the state. With over 60, 000 cases, South Dakota is reportedly one of the nation’s worst-hit states.
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