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Nurse: I'm correcting COVID conspiracy theories inside and outside the hospital

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Covid nursesSocial media platforms have been instrumental in allowing misinformation and distrust to proliferate, hindering the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as contributing to deeply cut social and political divides, and an insurrection on the Capitol.

As a community nurse in and around Chicago, I have been personally and professionally thrust into the role of social media fact checker for my patients. I live in the intersection between health care, science, and a misinformed public.

I don my often-painful N95 mask, tie my hair back, and evaluate patients every day. I field patient questions about microchipped syringes, and offer overly-simplified explanations about the bureaucratic logistics of scientific research and vaccine development. In moments I attempt to educate patients on cell biology, immunology, and microbiology — subjects I’ve taken years to study.


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