A South Dakota nurse says some of her COVID-19 patients still refuse to accept that the virus is “real” – even in their dying moments.
“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real,’” Ms Doering said on CNN’s New Day on Monday.
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Ms Doering said many of these patients insist they’re suffering from the flu or other ailments.
“The hardest thing to watch is people are still looking for something else and they want a magic answer and they don’t want to accept that COVID is real,” she said.
“Even after positive results come back, some people just don’t believe it.”
Ms Doering said that instead of FaceTiming with their families from their deathbeds, they’re “filled with anger and hatred” toward the medical staffers.
“In the bigger picture, when you try to reason with people and be like, ‘Can I call your family, your kids, your wife, your friends, your brother?’ and they say ‘No because I’m going to be fine,’ it makes you sad and mad and frustrated and you know that you’re just going to come back and do it all over again,” she said.
Ms Doering said these exchanges with patients were disheartening because they’ve become so common in the hospital.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission