Local nurse's video rant on disastrous flu season goes viral

04 February, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Nurse Katherine Lockler posted a video rant on Facebook about how people are handling the flu outbreak.                       Facebook

Katherine Lockler had just come off a grueling, 12-hour night shift in the emergency room and had clearly grown tired of the poor hygiene habits she observed among visitors to the E.R.

Since she posted the video to her Facebook page almost a week ago, Lockler has become a viral video star.

And also, maybe don't come if you're not really experiencing "a true emergency", she added.

But Katherine insists she didn't mean to undermine anyone's intelligence, she just wanted people to understand how they can take the correct precautions to get themselves disinfected.

Lockler said a major issue has been patients going into the emergency room for something they could've gone to a clinic for.

Some portion of what's influenced the nearly seven-minute-to long video so polarizing was the snide enunciation and energized outward appearances and signals Lockler utilized now and again to express what is on her mind.

"And wash your stinking hands so you don't make your babies sick!" Half of them don't realize that they have the flu yet.

The video, called "After Work Thoughts", has been shared almost 89,000 times on Facebook and viewed by more than 4.6 million people.

She breaks down the math: "Some of them are not true emergencies, but they're waiting along with the flu right next to them".


Four hundred to 600 milligrams is an okay dosage for adults, she said. In the video, titled "After Work Thoughts", she highlights the heightened risk of catching the flu this season and shares some sassy-toned tips to avoid getting yourself, and other people, sick.

The clip has been polarizing, owing to Lockler's sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions. Lockler said, before pretending to sneeze into her arm as a demonstration on how to limit the spreading of germs. "But guess what? Five flues came in; 15 flues walk out".

"Please don't come in and say 'I have a fever and I had one Tylenol and it didn't do nothing.'" she said. "It's fantastic to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hands and - I watch - no one grabs the hand sanitizer".

Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.

"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 Lockler, from Milton, Florida.

"I have a tendency to be mocking in all my talking, yet in the event that it's taken wrong I would apologize to that gathering that misheard my message in view of my tone".

In an interview with TCPalm, Lockler gave another example to expose some of the foolish business she's seen this flu season in the ER.

"We aren't out of the woods yet, but there are steps everyone can take to fight the flu", Shuchat said. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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