Nurse: Some positive patients deny COVID-19 exists right up until death


An emergency room nurse has come forth with a detailed account of her experience working in the intensive care unit, caring for patients who tested positive for coronavirus.

Jodi Doering, a nurse from South Dakota, told CNN that the patients “that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real.”

In the hospital, the nurse shared that some patients don’t want to believe that the virus is real, even in their dying moments. Before going on national television, the nurse wrote in a tweet thread that she meets patients who don’t believe coronavirus is severe.

“Almost a 70% positive rate. I could tell based on how many positives we have had the last few days in our ER. I’m very thankful I work tonight, or I would drink. Heavily,” the nurse wrote on Twitter.

“If my five seconds of Twitter fame can help our state and bring some recognition to convince people that this is real and the reality is it might kill you, then I guess I’m just going to ride it and go with it,” Doering said.

The nurse shared that one of the hardest things to watch is people who experience mild symptoms and tell their friends and weights that COVID-19 wasn’t bad.

“And then the next time you turn around you have a 40- or 50-year-old lying there who’s not going to survive with the same virus,” the nurse added.

The nurse mentioned that at 644 fatalities, more people have died of the deadly virus in South Dakota than live in the town where she was born.

“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real,’” Doering said.

Doering said that there is nothing worse in her 22-year career than doing a goodbye over FaceTime.

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