Beware the 'cesspool of funky flu': ER nurse's rant on flu prevention goes viral

A Florida nurse posted a video to her Facebook Jan. 27, highlighting the importance of flu prevention amid such a severe season, reports USA Today.

Katherine Lockler, RN, works at several emergency rooms in northwest Florida and filmed the video after a 12-hour night shift. In the video, Ms. Lockler highlights the severity of this year's flu season and encourages people to take special precautions when visiting a hospital, including washing their "stinking hands."

She also urges people to avoid "the cesspool of funky flu at the ER," unless absolutely necessary.

"Please don't bring your healthy children — especially your newborn babies — into the emergency room," Ms. Lockler said in the video. "And if you don't have what I call a true emergency, this would not be a time to come to the emergency room."

The video has gone viral this week, garnering 5.3 million views, 101,000 shares and 25,000 likes on Facebook as of Feb. 2.

To view the full video, click here.

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