After a 12-hour night shift, nurse Katherine Lockler was so frustrated with the way some people have handled the outbreak that she recorded a video from her auto.
Katherine told WKRG News 5 she's got no regrets about her sensational post: "I might've offended people but it went viral and good information, maybe because of the way I said it, has gotten to people who might not have gotten it", she told them.
"Please don't come in and say 'I have a fever and I had one Tylenol and it didn't do nothing.'" she said.
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Lockler, who said she's professionally taken care of people for nearly 18 years, used a real-life example to highlight some of the carelessness she said she's seen this flu season. Don't bring your kid's sports team, don't bring your "healthy children" and definitely don't bring your newborn babies, Lockler said.
The petition, which had garnered almost 2,700 signatures by Friday morning, stated that the nurse "posted an unbelievable video to Facebook regarding the flu and how it is spread along with great tips on home treatment".
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Carelessness seemed to be her pet peeve when it came to the flu.
"We are in the middle of something called flu season..."
The pièce de résistance of the whole video may be Lockler's "magic trick" in which she demonstrates sneezing into her elbow, a recommended way to prevent the spread of germs so your sleeve catches the germs, not your hands (or everyone else around you, if you didn't bother to cover your mouth at all).
She added that between 25 to 30 patients are sitting for hours in the emergency waiting rooms.
In the almost seven-minute video, she also discusses easy flu prevention methods.
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And the message is indeed right on the money, especially this flu season.
Locker who has worked as a nurse for 18 years told the Pensacola News Journal that she was pressed to upload the video after she saw the child crawling.
Just don't go to the emergency room if you're healthy, she said. "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".
"Watch this", she said as she pulled the camera back to fully show the demonstration. "The message is still flawless, yet in the event that the tone was hostile, that was not the goal".
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). "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".
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