Some people simply have to learn the hard way.

Courtesy of NPR:

In many places, there aren’t enough nurses and doctors to handle the rising caseloads, and staffing agencies are slammed with requests for more.

One person helping meet those requests is Lydia Mobley, an intensive care unit nurse with Fastaff Travel Nursing. After a year of active duty with the U.S. Navy, she returned to nursing and is now on a 10-week contract, working in an ICU unit at a hospital in central Michigan.

Protests roiled Mobley’s home state earlier in the pandemic after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, issued shutdown orders.

Even now, Mobley says, she sees many people who still don’t wear masks. That’s particularly hard for her, as a nurse who treats critical COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

She says she encounters “multiple patients” on “every shift” who acknowledge they didn’t take the warnings seriously.

“A lot of times before they’re intubated — which means put on a ventilator because they can’t breathe on their own — when they’re still struggling to breathe, and they’re saying, ‘Well, I didn’t know COVID was real, and I wish I’d worn a mask.’ And then it’s already too late,” she tells NPR’s All Things Considered. “You can see the regret, as they’re struggling to breathe and it’s finally hitting them that this is real. It makes me very sad.”

In her experience, it has been mostly patients in their 40s and 50s who come to realize they should have done more or taken the coronavirus more seriously.

But she also treats a lot of elderly patients who, she says, were probably infected by relatives. Those families, she says, are now “very remorseful about not doing more to keep their family members safe.”

This must be incredibly heartbreaking. 

And I 100% blame most of these cases on Donald Trump, his Republican sycophants, and Fox News.

I hope to see multiple class-action suits brought by the families left behind that target Fox News and Trump’s Republican enablers. 

Simply put they need to be punished.