A video posted by CBS of a nurse claiming she quit her job after being asked to work maskless in a coronavirus Intensive Care United went viral recently, and now some are questioning its authenticity.
“America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected,” the nurse says in the video, through tears. “I quit my job today. I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit. None of the nurses are wearing masks.”
The video is misleading.
CBS released a statement Monday evening stating:
"Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: 'We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with.'"
Vera has 13,000 followers on Instagram. After the video gained traction, it only took a handful of internet sleuths to find that Imaris had posted on her Facebook that she "suffer[s] from anxiety and bi-polar depression."
Quickly, some pointed to her Instagram post, a "boomerang" video of Imaris wearing a mask while on the job.
Her Facebook post then read that she had not been employed at the ICU for over a year, and that she wasn't sure if she was ready to join the front lines and fight the virus. “The information overload can be hard for me to sift through as far as what is credible and what is not, it triggers me,” the post reads.
The video was also shared by Democratic nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders, who called it "insane" that nurses were "being forced to care for the sick without masks and respirators."
“It is insane that our nurses are being forced to are for the sick without masks and respirators. The Department of Labor must immediately issue emergency workplace standards to protect our health workers, their families, and their patients,” Sanders said.
A post from Imaris on March 26 confirmed that she had been off of work for two weeks, and that there was "only one confirmed COVID-19 case in the county."