Help us help you.

When you choose to come to the ER to be tested for corona virus and you:

A) aren’t short of breath
B) aren’t having chest pains
C) just want to be tested and feel kind of cruddy and haven’t taken any Tylenol to feel better..

You choose for more than yourself.

You choose for the registration staff to be exposed.

You choose to take a room/bed away from someone who is truly sick.

You choose to expose all hospital staff and other patients. If we get sick, we can’t help others. If we get sick, our family gets sick. If they get sick, there aren’t healthcare providers to help them because the healthcare providers are sick.

You choose to force us to use precious PPE that protects us and our families from this dangerous virus.

Also remember if we have no PPE (gowns) to protect us from corona, we also have none to protect us from patients with body lice, scabies, bed bugs, C-diff, MRSA, VRE…

You choose to further the critical shortage of PPE.

You likely won’t be tested. There aren’t tests available for mass testing. Mayo can not run thousands of tests a day but now we don’t have the actual equipment to collect thousands of tests a day.

The numbers are skewed because we aren’t testing people who likely have it.


If you have a fever.
If you have a cough.
CALL A DOCTOR. Call a nurse line.
We will assess your symptoms.
We will likely tell you to STAY HOME.
STAY HOME and away from your family.
You have the coronavirus. Act like it.
If you have more severe symptoms, we would be happy to help but you DO NOT need to be tested and probably WILL NOT be tested.

Please and thank you.

Regarding the N95 mask shortage, ask your local feed mills and farm supply stores to donate masks to the local hospital.

My thoughts and opinions are solely my own. They are not to be used in place of true professional medical advice. If you have questions regarding the coronavirus call your state’s COVID19 hotline. These thoughts are not a reflection of my employer’s thoughts or opinions.



  1. Ellie
    March 20, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    Thanks for making this post! We are all concerned and most are behaving safely I hope but panic won’t help anyone . Keep calm and carry on!

  2. LindaQuilts
    March 20, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Excellent response – and advice! You are right on point. I am amazed by the immaturity an selfishness that is often exhibited. they should have to go sit in a corner and think about their behavior. (as an aside: I am really enjoying your blog – the kids are great and so are you!)

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter
    March 20, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    And if you are unfortunate enough to have someone you love die during this pandemic, they will be treated as though they had COVID-19. Everything is harder to deal with because so many offices and businesses are closed. We’ll have to be content to have funerals later this year…summer or autumn. I found all this out when my dad died on Wednesday. I’ve been in Nevada for 4 years caring for him. Husband in Washington and daughters in Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia…and no one can travel to be with me and help with anything. Thanks for being the voice of reason about going to the doctor or hospital.

  4. Melissa
    March 21, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    I am a nurse who works at a nursing home in Colorado with positive Covid-19 staff and patients. We have never had more than surgical masks and likely won’t get anything more. Hospitals are not going to give us any of their limited supplies. The CDC has been to our facility. We are already more than a week in to isolating sick residents on 1 unit. CDC instructed us to change the surgical masks every 2 hours. That time will likely increase as supplies dwindle. I will make some masks to wear over the surgical masks to conserve what I can.
    Support the healthcare workers in your life! If you are going out for groceries, see if they need anything. Just an encouraging text, card, or email will be appreciated.
    The marathon has just begun!

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