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Most of us are familiar with the coronavirus pandemic because we see the images on the news. For those that work in the healthcare industry, however, it is up close and personal every single day.

It has also led to a rather “How it started, How it’s going” picture. More than likely, you have seen some of those pictures on social media and they can be funny, especially during 2020. A nurse in Nashville, however, used such a side-by-side comparison as a reminder of what healthcare workers are going through due to the coronavirus.

Kathryn shared the before and after picture on Twitter to show how things are going at the beginning of the year and how things are now, especially after seeing hundreds of sick and dying patients from COVID-19. In her words, “caring for the sickest of the sick is an honor,” but she also wants to give people a message.

Kathryn talked to Scary Mommy, urging people to remember that healthcare workers work the front line and they are the last line. She also said it is up to us as individuals to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. The healthcare workers will do what they can but the public has to do their part as well.

She used a series of tweets to show how difficult it was to watch people die, even though she loves being a nurse. She said: “I love being a nurse. Didn’t exactly expect to be a new nurse in the middle of a highly politicized pandemic but life comes at you fast and even in a pandemic, there’s nothing else I want to do.”

She continued: “It is devastating to watch people die when those deaths were avoidable and it’s even more devastating when you watch them die the same way, time after time after time. It’s devastating that basic common sense and decency has been politicized.”

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in many parts of the United States and over 1500 people die every day from it. She calls it the worst of her worst enemy, telling people that protecting themselves also protects the people around them.