Kat Lockler, an ER nurse, decided to film a quick video after finishing a 12-hour night shift. While the video starts out by going over some basic information about the flu, as well as the severity of this year’s flu season, her frustration quickly begins to come through as she describes who should and should not come into the ER.
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After giving a quick description as to how a person can catch the flu, including touching something contaminated and then rubbing their eye or someone coughing in the vicinity and inhaling it through the nose or mouth, Lockler touches on just how bad this year’s flu season has been.
She mentions that “it has killed some people” as well as led many to seek treatment in the ER, with one in eight people testing positive for the flu.
Then, Lockler offers “some thoughts” based on “true life experiences.”
“I’ll change the names to protect the not-so-innocent,” says Lockler, before she begins divulging details from her time in the ER.
One story focuses on a softball coach who brought the entire team into the ER so they could visit one player.
“If a team member of a softball team is sick or injured, you do not bring the entire softball team in to check on them, because, guess what? You just got maybe 15 new vectors, or carriers of the flu, by them just walking in,” Lockler states, according to a report by the Miami Herald. “Because I watched them all walk in last night and not one of them touched the hand sanitizer, not once!”
Lockler continues, “It is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now. So, please, don’t bring your team in. Please don’t bring your healthy children, especially your newborn babies, into the emergency room! And, if you don’t have what I call a true emergency, this would not be a time to come to the emergency room.”
She also shares some statistics, including the standard wait time people are experiencing, as well as some tips for managing the flu if you happen to catch it as well as how to avoid it or passing it around.
Since being uploaded on January 27, the video has been viewed over 4.3 million times.