‘Pro-Life’ Christians Spread Lies About Coronavirus Nurse
Pro-life Christians and Trump supporters have spent the week spreading lies about Imaris Vera, a nurse who was assigned to a cornavirus unit at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.
CBS News tweeted a video of Vera (BELOW) on April 5 tearfully explaining how she was assigned to an ICU unit that had been converted into a COVID unit.
In the video, Vera said the nurses were not allowed to wear masks in the “hallways” when they gave reports to each other. She correctly stated that America and its nurses are not prepared for the coronavirus (FULL TRANSCRIPT AT BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE).
In tears, a nurse says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask: “America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected” https://t.co/ywoSuLOPYP pic.twitter.com/S5BsnlO5nt— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020
However, “pro-life” Christian advocate Abby Johnson, who joked about the danger of the coronavirus on March 6, attacked the nurse on Twitter on April 6:
Oooooo!!! And now we know it’s a lie. Time to retract!!— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) April 6, 2020
Johnson also retweeted an article by The Federalist filled with deceptive claims about the nurse’s video: “CBS News Posts Fraudulent Video Of ICU Nurse Crying Over Poor Working Conditions” and “CBS News posted a video of a nurse who claimed she quit her job after being asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask.”
However, Vera clearly said in the video that she was not allowed to wear a mask in the “hallways,” not the ICU unit.
WBBM reported a similar situation with a different nurse in the Chicago area: “The hospital sent a memo reminding nurses of a previous policy prohibiting them from wearing masks in hallways during their shift.“
Christian radio host Frank Sontag of KKLA in Los Angeles, who mocked people who feared the coronavirus on March 9 as the death toll passed 4,000. also piled on the nurse on April 7.
Sontag mocked Vera and read an article by Red State which, like The Federalist, falsely claimed Vera said she was not allowed to wear a mask in the COVID unit, even though she clearly said “in the hallways”:
CBS News said on April 6 that Vera said she was not allowed to wear her mask in the “halls” when speaking to other nurses.
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.”— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 6, 2020
America is not prepared and nurses are not being protected. 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, not even surgical masks in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other.
I had my own N95 mask. I told my manager, “I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe. I have family that I have to come home to, and the way that things are looking, this is not going to get any better.“