On Aug. 4, 2021, an ICU nurse responded to a TikTok user with a Bible verse after they falsely claimed that cases in the COVID-19 pandemic were “not rising.” In reality, it is a fact that cases are rapidly rising. The commenter also falsely claimed that there was a “political agenda” driving the case numbers. The misleading remarks shared by the commenter were just one example of the COVID denialism that has plagued social media platforms, including well into the spread of the delta variant.
In a video, the nurse, identified as TikTok user @_katieworkman, shared a stern, yet heartfelt message of kindness. It has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and received well over 140,000 likes.
Hey Rhonda. I really wish that you could see what we see. I really wish that you could see a young dad call and FaceTime his children and his wife before he’s intubated, probably for the last time. I wish that you could see how hard we work every day, and people still die of this virus. It’s different than any other thing I’ve ever seen… we’ve ever seen. And I wish that you could see the small victories when a COVID survivor takes their first step all over again. We celebrate those so joyfully. We celebrate so much those small victories. I wish that you could see what we see. I’m not trying to change your mind, but I wish that everybody could see what we see.
Today’s verse is from Isaiah. Isaiah 6:8. I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Then said I: “Here am I. Send me.”
I am so glad I get to do this, and not you. But, if you were to show up at my hospital and you were my patient, I would love and care for you just the same.
The message and Bible verse shared by the ICU nurse came just as Tennessee hospitals were overwhelmed with COVID patients. At the same time, a “rapid rise” was seen in the hospitalizations of children in Florida. The state of Mississippi was recording soaring case numbers. Other states were also experiencing similar emergencies.
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