Nurse documents coronavirus decontamination process on TikTok

Nurses are working through it.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Mar 25, 2020   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 8:53 pm CST

Doctors and nurses are putting themselves at risk to save lives and contain coronavirus. One ICU nurse used TikTok to document just how thorough healthcare workers have to be.

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The Ohio nurse, who identified herself as Jess to Yahoo Lifestyle, said the TikTok, which has more than 2 million views, was just a part of her after-work decontamination routine. In the clip, which was posted a week ago, Jess states that she’s just returned home after “having a suspected COVID19 patient in our unit,” and then details the steps for decontamination. This includes soaking her shoes in bleach overnight in the garage and washing her scrubs immediately.

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She told Yahoo this routine starts when she gets in her car, and continues once she gets in her house. Jess said she posted the video because she “just wanted the general public to understand that though we are on the front lines of this pandemic, we are not in any way careless in our efforts to prevent the spread. We are all taking the restrictions put upon us very seriously [and] are monitoring our own symptoms on a daily basis.”

Under the hashtag #nurselife, other healthcare professionals have been documenting their day-to-day routines, and trying to find some humor in it while also deal with lack of protective gear, gloves, and other necessary supplies.

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2020, 11:05 am CDT