Florida Nurse posted epic rant on Facebook on Flu season

A cesspool of funky flu: ER nurse goes on epic rant about flu season

"If you're not aware of how the flu is spread, the only way you can get it is through your eyes, your nose, or your mouth", said Florida mom and nurse Katherine Smith Lockler in her video.

"Also wash your stinking hands so you don't get your babies sick", she adds.

In one story, in a tone of voice usually reserved for talking to misbehaving small children, the mom of four tells of a softball coach who brought an entire team into the ER to visit one player.

"There's a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now", Lockler said. So please don't bring your team in.

"Please don't bring your healthy children - especially your newborn babies - into the emergency room", said Milton resident Katherine Lockler in the video, which has been shared nearly 11,000 times since Saturday.

"And if you don't have a true life emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room", explaining that there's consistently dozens of patients waiting at the hospital for hours without flu, who go on to leave with it because they're sitting next to others who are infected.

Lockler's clip has been shared on Facebook more than 94,000 times as of Friday morning.

Carelessness seemed to be her pet peeve when it came to the flu.




This year's flu season is a particularly bad one, and perhaps you are dismayed to hear that some people have gotten the flu vaccine and still came down with the flu. "It's wonderful to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hands and - I watch - no one grabs the hand sanitizer".

Lockler, who works at numerous emergency rooms in the Northwest Florida territory, said she sat down in her auto after work on Saturday with the plan to communicate something specific from a medicinal services proficient's point of view.

Lockler told the News-Journal that her tone might have been condescending, but she was only trying to send a message.

ER Dr. Armand Dorian says Nurse Lockler's concerns about emergency rooms are legitimate. "Because guess what? You just got maybe 15 new vectors, or carriers of the flu, by them all walking in".

In the seven-minute video, Lockler also provides her audience with some ideas of how you can treat yourself at home.

Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years. It may not have been her intention, but she is thrilled that her important message is getting out.

The number of people visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms has risen to 6.6 per cent, which is reportedly the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic (which peaked at 7.7 per cent).

"Watch this", she said as she pulled the camera back to fully show the demonstration. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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