A coronavirus nurse has begged families not to meet during Christmas as she struggles to save the lives of patients who are “no longer serious about masking and disassociating themselves.”
Molly-Elizabeth Francis, originally from Dublin, Ireland, admitted to crying at work for the first time since he started nursing a year ago, with admissions just as bad now as they were in March.
Cardiac nurse Molly – who treats critically ill virus patients at St Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York – shared a selfie of the red spots on her face from PPE after a traumatic shift.
Her post has been shared more than 50,000 times and received more than 9,500 responses as it provoked a wave of support.
In a desperate Facebook plea, she wrote, “When I joined the unit, you felt a shift in energy that I haven’t felt for a few months.
“I picked up my PPE, found my assignment and without hesitation the head nurse saw me and said your patient in room ** is dying. Just like that.
“These nurses see this every day and Covid has normalized this for some. I had such a pit in my stomach knowing that out of my five patients, one could die that night with only me by their side.
‘These patients are scared. As a nurse, there is no worse feeling than feeling hopeless when you’ve done everything you can and your patient is letting you tell them all they want now is it’s over so they can go home.
“After an extremely long night, I went to the bathroom and cried for the first time in my year of nursing.
“I cried because I know so many people who no longer take masking and social distance seriously.
“I cried because this disease affects all age groups. I cried because Covid is not only getting worse, but getting worse.
“We are seeing a peak in cases now, just as bad as in March.”
Molly urged people to distance themselves socially and not see family at Christmas.
She wrote: ‘The people applauded health workers a few months ago and now I see those same people saying it’s okay to get together in groups during the holidays.
‘I know it’s not easy not to see your family and loved ones, especially at this time of year, but I can assure you it won’t be easier from a hospital room with very little other human contact.
“On behalf of health workers, we cannot fight this alone. We need our communities to come together and put the greater good first.
‘We are your nurses. We fight, but we are tired. Please do your part and we will do ours. ‘