Even as this year's flu epidemic continues to rage across the country, some people are failing to take simple precautions that could make a real difference in combatting the spread of the virus. That seems to be the conclusion of an E.R. nurse named Katherine Lockler who took to Facebook on January 27 to share a video rant after getting off a 12-hour shift.
“Wash your stinking hands,” Lockler, a mom of four from Milton, Florida, said as she attempts to drive home the point that this flu season has been particularly rough. In fact, she hilariously said that there's a "cesspool of funky flu" in the E.R. right now.
She noted that 5 to 30 people often sit for hours in hospital waiting rooms as the worst cases get treated first. “Some of them are not true emergencies, but they’re waiting along with the flu right next to them. So guess what? Five flus came in, 15 flus walk out. It’s great,” she shared, sarcastically. “They’ll be back.”
Lockler also asked viewers to not "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."
Of course, Lockler didn't post the social media video with the intention of ranting at the public. She wanted to offer constructive advice as a health care provider. "I saw a dad with a toddler crawling on the floor in the emergency room and I approached him and I said, 'Hey dad, I do not feel that that's a wise decision, your child is being exposed to some really nasty germs on this emergency room floor,'" Lockler told the Pensacola News Journal. "And instead of the dad receiving what a nurse of 10 years is sharing with him, he said, 'Eh, it's no big deal, it'll build his immune system.' So there's a lack of understanding and a lack of interest in knowing what to do to protect themselves sometimes."
Thankfully, combining humor and information has proven effective for Lockler -- at least in so far as how many eyeballs she's gotten on her video. It's up to 5.4 million views. Fingers crossed that translates to more people will be taking the proper precautions to prevent the spread of this serious virus.