NEW YORK (VINnews) — A South Dakota nurse gained national attention when she described on Twitter and later in a televised CNN interview her experiences with patients suffering from COVID-19.
Jodi Doering tweeted that many of her patients did not believe that there was such a thing as COVID-19 even as they were in serious condition and unable to breathe independently. She described the pandemic, which is ravaging South Dakota with extremely high rates of infection, as a “horror movie that never ends. There’s no credits that roll. You just go back and do it all over again.”
Doering wrote that patients “really think this isn’t going to happen to them. And then they stop yelling at you when they get intubated.” Interviewed by CNN, she insisted that people are looking for something else and did not believe that they have COVID-19 even when positive results are shown to them, and they are “filled with anger and hatred” since they believe they don’t have any real problem. Doering said that when she asks people whether she can call their families, they respond that they will be fine even when they are in serious and even critical condition. She remains frustrated that these people refuse time with their families because they are convinced that they have other issues and that they will recover soon.