Don't be flu-clueless; listen to this nurse

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A frustrated Florida nurse is urging people to wash their "stinkin hands" and avoid the "cesspool of funky flu at the ER" - unless they have a legitimate emergency.

The nurse's video has gone viral, with more than five million views.

So what got the Milton nurse so riled up?

"If you have a team member from your softball team who is sick or injured, you do not bring the entire softball team in to check on them".

Flu season is well under way, bringing with it plenty of people suffering through terrible symptoms, and even more medical professionals wishing that the general public would take better safety precautions. Please don't bring your healthy children in, especially your newborn babies into the emergency room. "If you don't have a true emergency, this would not be the time to come to the emergency room", she says.

Lockler also noted that she's been "yelled at and cussed at" by patients who complain about the wait time in the emergency room. "Half of them don't realize they have the flu yet - they'll be back".

Hospitalizations for flu have reached their highest level in the United States for almost a decade, USA health officials said on Friday. Lockler said she believes the post took off when some people in her field of work shared the video.

"It's unbelievable how many people have no Common Sense!"

Some portion of what's influenced the nearly seven-minute-to long video so polarizing was the snide enunciation and energized outward appearances and signals Lockler utilized now and again to express what is on her mind.

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"Wash your stinkin hands so you don't get all your babies sick", she said in the video.

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.

Just don't go to the emergency room if you're healthy, she said.

Lockler ended her video by asking others to send support to all of the medical professionals working overtime during flu season.

Katherine Lockler has worked as a nurse for 10 years.

"We aren't out of the woods yet, but there are steps everyone can take to fight the flu", Shuchat said.

"I believe there's a smidgen of mockery in my voice in light of the fact that the guidelines were given such a large number of times and they were not gotten well", Lockler said.

"Watch this, I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's incredible!" She went on to apologize to anyone offended by her tone, but insists that regardless of how she may have come off the message is still "right on the money". The illness is widespread in 48 states and has killed more than 50 children. "We're putting ourselves into the thick of some nasty germs to help".

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