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S.D. nurse says many patients deny coronavirus exists - right up until death


November 17, 2020

Grace Pritchett – Associated Press

A nurse waits for people to arrive to be tested for COVID-19 in Sturgis, S.D., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The hundreds of thousands of bikers who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have departed western South Dakota, but public health departments in multiple states are trying to measure how much and how quickly the coronavirus spread in bars, tattoo shops and gatherings before people traveled home to nearly every state in the country.

Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, was overwhelmed Saturday night. Her patients were dying of COVID-19, yet were still in denial about the pandemic's existence.

It's like "horror movie that never ends," Doering wrote on Twitter.

Her anxiety and despair is shared by many health-care workers who are facing a dramatic surge in COVID-19 patients. But some front-line workers, like Doering, also face the emotional toll of treating patients who, despite being severely ill, are reluctant to acknowledge that they have been infected with a virus that President Trump has said will simply disappear.


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