A South Dakota emergency room nurse on Monday expressed frustration that many of her patients refuse to believe that they’re dying of COVID-19.
Jodi Doering’s tweet went viral over the weekend after she talked about patients who “don’t believe the virus is real … while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm.”
“It wasn’t one particular patient, it’s just a culmination of so many people, and their last, dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real.’ ” Doering said during her segment on CNN’s “New Day.”
South Dakota reported 821 new cases of COVID-19 last Monday, with 62,521 current confirmed cases statewide.
“People want it to be influenza, they want it to be pneumonia,” Doering said. “We’ve even had people say, ‘You know, I think it might be lung cancer.’… Even after positive results come back, some people just don’t believe it.”
“It just makes you sad and mad and frustrated, and then you know that you’re just going to come back and do it all over again,” she added.
Doering also noted that some patients argue with her that President-elect Joe Biden “is going to ruin the USA.”
Biden has announced that when he assumes office, he will ask governors and mayors to institute mask mandates, following the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus.