Friday, January 15, 2021

ICU Nurse Says Careless Attitudes Around COVID-19 Are 'A Slap In The Face'

I worked at the polls last week.  Everybody but one female voter was wearing a mask.  She had the nerve to tell me to "have a blest day", when she didn't care enough about me and the other polls workers and voters to wear a mask.

January 15, 202111:20 AM ET
Ailsa Chang

Health care workers across the country have been under tremendous strain as they grapple with surging coronavirus caseloads — with no end to the pandemic in sight.


NPR last spoke with Mobley in November, when she had just started working at a hospital in central Michigan. Back then, at the start of her 10-week contract with Fastaff Travel Nursing, she said her co-workers were already burned out.

It wasn't until some of her patients fell ill that they expressed regret for not heeding the health warnings, she said.

Now, even in the pandemic's deadliest days, Mobley says many people in her community haven't changed their attitudes or behaviors.

"It's really a slap in the face to be honest," she says in an interview on Thursday with All Things Considered. "You know, we see these commercials — 'Thank you health care heroes' — or see these billboards, and then you go to the grocery store, the gas station when you have to, and you see people not wearing masks. And then you go to work and you watch people die."

"I think if the public really wants to thank us, that they will start taking things seriously and just start wearing their masks and start social distancing," she says.


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