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A nurse has shared a bleak 'How it started... How it's going' tweet to show the toll coronavirus is taking on frontline workers.
Kathryn, who started working as a nurse in Tennessee eight months ago, shared two photos on Twitter for her take on the popular meme.
How it started How it's going pic.twitter.com/cg32Tu7v0B
- kathedrals:flag_us: (@kathryniveyy) November 22, 2020
In the headshot on the left, she is smiling at the camera, pristine white outfit clean and smart.
The second image tells a different story - a selfie taken to illustrate Kathryn's exhaustion after a gruelling 12-hour weekend shift, with red marks from PPE equipment visible on her face.
The two pictures have now gone viral, racking up more than 850,000 likes and 78,000 retweets.
In follow-up tweets, Kathryn said she found it 'devastating' that common sense surrounding the virus had become so 'politicised'.
She also called on the public to take the pandemic seriously, warning that she wouldn't wish the virus on her 'worst enemy'.
Kathryn wrote: "I love being a nurse. Didn't exactly expect to be a new nurse in the middle of a highly politicized pandemic but life comes at you fast and even in a pandemic, there's nothing else I want to do. Caring for the sickest of the sick is an honor and I treasure my patients.
"It is devastating to watch people die when those deaths were avoidable and it's even more devastating when you watch them die the same way, time after time after time. It's devastating that basic common sense and decency has been politicized."
She added: "Covid is a brutal disease and I wouldn't wish the worst of it on my worst enemy. Please understand that you aren't just protecting yourself, you are protecting the people around you."
Commenting on the post, one person said: "It's terribly sad that we have found out how unwilling many of our citizens are willing to do for others when it matters. Sure, they will wave the flag and bring potluck suppers and do patriotic parades. But, they still won't put a stinkin' mask on."
Many others thanked Kathryn for doing her job, with another saying: "Thank you so much for your service. Please stay safe and take care of yourself, physically and mentally. You are a true hero."
A third added: "So much respect for you and all like you who care for people in the scariest conditions. You do a fantastic job."
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