‘I work on the COVID floor at my hospital’: Twitter reacts to claim that comes with a MAJOR caveat

Social media users mocked a Democratic candidate who is running against freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) over a Twitter post in which she stated that the “COVID floor” of the hospital she allegedly works at is “full.”

As several users sarcastically pointed out, there are a number of issues with Dr. Debbie Burnett’s claims, not the least of which is the fact that she’s a veterinarian.

“I work on the COVID floor at my hospital. It’s full. The entire floor + the ICU are at capacity w/ COVID patients — almost all unvaccinated. Our district has one of the lowest vaccination rates because our rep Lauren Boebert spreads lies & misinformation about the vaccine,” she posted along with a selfie of her, masked, standing in what appears to be an empty exam room.

Many social media users responded with some creative takes, to say the least, to deride her over her claims.

“She’s a veterinarian…. soooo apparently cats and horses are coming down with COVID now,” Washington Times columnist Tim Young wrote.

“Stunning and brave. I’m sending Milk Bones and Fancy Feast to your Covid patients,” another user wrote.

“A vet? Is the ward full of gerbils with covid?” said another.

Others opted to post claims about COVID wards being full using screenshots of popular past television shows and characters, including 1970s hit “Emergency” starring Kevin Tigh and Randolph Mantooth.

“We work on the COVID floor at Rampart Genetal Hospital. It’s full. The entire floor + the ICU are at capacity w/ COVID patients — almost all unvaccinated,” the user posted, using the name of the fictious hospital regularly featured in the series that centered around to L.A. County Fire Department paramedics.

“I work at St. Eligius Hospital in Boston and we are filled to capacity with COVID patients. Rosebud,” wrote another user, who posted a photo of the cast of the 1980s hit medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” a fictitious teaching hospital in Boston.

“I work at Eastman Medical and we are filled to capacity with Covid patients,” wrote another who posted a picture of the “Doogie Howser, M.D.” series.

Still another Twitter account used a Star Trek-related theme to mock, featuring the character Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy: “I work on the COVID floor in Starship Enterprise Sickbay. It’s full. The entire floor + the ICU are at capacity w/ COVID patients — almost all unvaccinated.”

At one point, Burnett posted a clarification on Twitter, noting that she is also a physical therapist in addition to being a veterinarian.

“To all the Boebert supporters asking why a veterinarian works on the COVID floor of a hospital — I am also a licensed Physical Therapist who has worked at my hospital for over 11 years. My hospital, like most nationwide, have PT’s on their COVID floors helping patients recover,” she wrote, without addressing some of the posts that questioned the veracity of her claims regarding actual numbers of COVID patients.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that hospitalizations are up in Missouri, but did not state that any facility was “at capacity.”

The news agency reported, “Statewide, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have more than doubled since the start of June, and the number of ICU patients has more than tripled. Since June 7, Lake Regional has admitted 125 patients with the virus. As of Tuesday, it had 21 COVID-19 patients, including eight in intensive care and four on ventilators.”

Jon Dougherty

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