Florida nurse's rant about 'funky flu' season goes viral

Nurse Katherine Lockler posted a video rant on Facebook about how people are handling the flu outbreak.                       Facebook

Nurse Katherine Lockler posted a video rant on Facebook about how people are handling the flu outbreak. Facebook

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 vehicle. People aren't washing their "stinking hands", to borrow Lockler's turn of phrase, and they aren't use hand sanitizer stations that, if you've ever been to a hospital, you know are pretty much everywher.

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.

"The biggest problem for me was seeing people come in to visit and not only being exposed to this very bad flu virus, but not taking the correct precautions to get themselves disinfected before going out in the world", Lockler said.

"Some of them are not true emergencies but they are waiting along with the flu right next to them", she said.

"Please don't bring your team in", Lockler, a mother, said.

"Please don't bring your healthy children in - especially your newborn babies - into the emergency room!". "My hands didn't because it's incredible to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".

And don't even get her started on the people who don't cover their nose when they sneeze.

The video on Facebook has been viewed more than 700,000 times and "liked" more than 2,200 times as of Wednesday afternoon.

"But it is a really awful flu season, and if you're not aware of how it spreads, the only way you can get it is through your eyes, your nose or your mouth".


"Watch this, I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's awesome", she said.

As for the tone of the video, Lockler said that it may have sounded parental, but her intention was to educate - not to insult anyone.

Just don't go to the emergency room if you're healthy, she said. West Jefferson Medical Center reported 259 new diagnosed cases of the flu in that same time and 320 diagnosed cases right before the end of 2017.

Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.

"I think there's a little bit of sarcasm in my voice because the instructions were given so many times and they were not received well", Lockler told TCPalm.

Speaking to the Pensacola News Journal, Lockler discussed and apologized for the tone of the video - kind of.

"Please thank an ER nurse - and every nurse and doctor that's taking care of sick people right now", Lockler added. "The message is still flawless, yet in the event that the tone was hostile, that was not the goal".

High levels of flu-like illness were reported in 42 states, up from 39 states the previous week, and cases were geographically widespread across every state but OR and Hawaii. "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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