Honestly even when the patients eventually come around their families do not. They remain in defiant and hateful denial and I’ve never experienced this type of mistrust in the ICU before from patients and families. When you combine this attitude with the astronomical death rate it’s absolutely devastating our mental health. Anyway, some of the most common conspiracies I’ve personally been told include:
“You have [personally] or the Chinese government has infected the Covid testing swab so I refuse a Covid test for fear of becoming infected.” -Once I was working (pulled) into the ER and this happened to a child so we had to get a court order for a Covid test so the child could have his appendix surgically removed and thus not die from appendicitis. A Covid test is required for surgery at my hospital.
“You are vaccinated and thus I or my family is at risk from catching Covid from you.” Also, “I am not taking the vaccine because it will give me Covid” is pretty common.
“Covid is not real. What ever happened to the flu??” -If I never hear this one again it will be too soon. This is by far the most common and it is stated in a sarcastic and accusatory way by people and close family who are days/hours from death.
“I’ve already had Covid 1-3x and thus my husband cannot possibly be this sick from it or I personally cannot possibly be this sick from it because I/they have immunity forever.”
“You don’t know what the #### you’re talking about!” -Several patients have said this to me and it’s the last thing they ever said to anyone.
“You’re just lying to profit from the government. That’s why you won’t let us visit. I’m calling the police.” -They actually do. The police have stopped responding in person but the do call us and let us know.
“The doctor said it was PNEUMONIA not COVID. Lying #####.” -It’s Covid pneumonia.