Nurse Shares Powerful Video Urging People To 'Stop Being Careless'
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An intensive care nurse from California has shared a powerful video in which she urges people to 'stop being careless' as hospitals feel the strain with coronavirus patients.
Gayana Chuklansev, a surgical intensive care nurse who works in Los Angeles, posted a heart-felt message begging people to be more careful.
In the clip, which has been viewed more than a million times, Chuklansev begins to get overwhelmed and tearful as she opens up about what it's like working on the frontline during the pandemic.
She says: 'I don't know how else to say this but I'm begging you guys to stop being careless.
"We have no ventilators for patients. We have no sedation medication for patients; patients are dying like flies.
"We're full - we're at max capacity. We have no resources; we have no staff. Our doctors can't even intubate because they have, like, forty patients each.
"It's like a warzone and we're asking for help and help is not coming.
"And nurses are getting all these messages saying, 'you signed up for this' - we didn't sign up to watch patients die because we physically cannot help them.
"So please stop being careless; please stay home during the holidays because it's only going to get worse."
The clip, which was shared just before Christmas, prompted an outpouring of support for the nurse - with one person replying: "So heart-breaking. Thank you for using your platform to share the reality of what is going on.
"Thank you for everything you do. Hang in there."
Another wrote: "Thank you for spreading this message! It's just heart-breaking.
"Thank you to all of you on the frontline who are sacrificing so much for us and our families."
A third said: 'I'm so sorry. Thank you for all you do. Wearing a mask and social distancing can literally save lives, guys."
The US has been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus, with more than 100,000 people hospitalised daily for the past 27 days.
There have been more than 19 million cases of the coronavirus and, tragically, more than 300,000 deaths.
California, where Chuklansev works, has seen a sharp rise in cases in the past two months with hospitals now struggling to cope.
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