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The high levels of COVID-19 and the low regulation of the virus in South Dakota have drawn criticism, although some people dying from the virus there do not believe it poses a real threat.
That’s according to Jodie Doring, a South Dakota nurse who has earned national attention for her work on the front lines in a country where leaders have long minimized the impact of the virus and refused to apply rules as a mandate.
“I have a day off from the hospital. Since I’m on the couch with my dog, I can’t help but think of Covid’s patients over the last few days. Those who stick out are the ones who still don’t believe the virus is real.” wrote Doering in a Saturday tweet.
They tell you that there must be another reason why they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all these “things” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. It really happens . “
In an interview with CNN, Doring said her description was not for any patient. She tweeted after her frustration boiled over as she recalled numerous patients whose dying words repeated the same theme: “This cannot happen.
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While many patients assume they have the virus, those who do not will often become angry and catch other explanations, suggesting they have the flu or even lung cancer, she said. Doring said he often observed the condition of these patients deteriorating as he tried to persuade them to say goodbye to their loved ones.
Other health experts have accused South Dakota leaders of denying it as well.
“You in the Dakota … knew it was coming,” Dr. Ali Moqdad, a professor at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the United States today. “You denied it … even today you deny it.”
Moqdad responded to South Dakota Republican Gov. Christie Noem, saying her country’s mortality rate was better than New York’s during the pandemic.
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Moqdad said such comparisons were misleading, given how early and severe New York was hit this spring. He cited a number of factors that made North and South Dakota vulnerable to the spread of the virus, including higher levels of existing conditions and economic inequality, in addition to health care that lags behind the American standard.
Tuesday’s data from the COVID tracking project showed that South Dakota and neighboring North Dakota continued to have the highest per capita levels of COVID-19 infection and mortality in the country.
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