Many Facebook users have commented on Lockler's video in praise.
"If you have a team member from your softball team who is sick or injured, you don't bring the entire team in to visit them...there is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER". West Jefferson Medical Center reported 259 new diagnosed cases of the flu in that same time and 320 diagnosed cases right before the end of 2017. "It's great. They'll be back".
In a phone interview on Wednesday, Lockler, who said she's professionally dealt with people for very almost 18 years, utilized a real-life example to feature a portion of the recklessness she said she's seen this flu season.
Lockler shares ER horror stories, like the father who let his baby to crawl on the floor, and the softball coach who brought his whole team. Please don't bring your healthy children in - especially your newborn babies! "If you don't have a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room", she says.
Since she posted the video to her Facebook page almost a week ago, Lockler has become a viral video star. In the humorous video titled "After Work Thoughts", which has more than 5 million views on Facebook, Lockler recounts recent moments in the hospital that have made her cringe, while of course changing the names to "protect the not-so-innocent". In it, she says the flu is spreading like "wildfire", and offers suggestions for staying healthy.
Katherine Lockler had a lot to say on the topic of this year's flu season in Northwest Florida. Drink plenty of fluids like Gatorade, water or Powerade to stay hydrated.
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In fact, if you aren't sick, just stay home, she advises. "Some (are) walking in with the flu and so guess what?" So guess what? Five flu's came in, 15 flu's walk out. And they don't even know they have it.
Part of what's made the almost seven-minute-long video so polarizing was the sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions and gestures Lockler used at times to get her point across. She pops her eyes for emphasis, and gives some grand gestures.
"Watch this. I'm going to teach you a magic trick". Lockler said, before pretending to sneeze into her arm as a demonstration on how to limit the spreading of germs. In dramatic slow motion. Perhaps the most memorable moment of dialogue is when she advises people to simply wash their hands.
The media's come calling, too, on the frustrated, but endearingly motherly Lockler. Her reasoning? If you go in there for one ailment, you'll probably catch another, namely the flu.
Lockler said a major issue has been patients going into the emergency room for something they could've gone to a clinic for.
Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.
"I might've offended people but it went viral and good information, maybe because of the way I said it, has gotten to people who might not have gotten it". "We're putting ourselves in the thick of some nasty germs to help".