CBS News was forced to issue a clarification after promoting footage of a crying nurse who claimed she was asked by hospital managers not to wear an N95 mask when treating coronavirus patients.
The broadcaster shared a video Sunday on Twitter of nurse Imaris Vera claiming she quit her job due to lack of protective gear at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.
“America is not prepared. And nurses are not being protected,” a tearful Vera said in the footage.
“I quit my job today. I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit. None of the nurses are wearing masks, not even surgical masks in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other. I had my own N95 mask. I told my manager, I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe.”
The clip went viral after CBS promoted it — with Sen. Bernie Sanders even sharing it with his 9.5 million followers.
But the news organization was forced to issue a clarification after social media sleuths claimed Vera, who reportedly had a large following on a now-deactivated Instagram page, wasn’t trustworthy.
CBS issued a statement from Vera in a follow-up tweet Monday.
“We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with,” Vera said, according to CBS.
Several hours later, the broadcaster followed up on the report with another tweet about Vera’s job status.
“The hospital, Northwestern Medicine, acknowledged that Imaris Vera had quit her job, but referred CBS News to Vera as to the details of why,” the outlet tweeted.
Despite the questions surrounding Vera’s claims, the footage, which has more than 8.5 million views, has not been deleted from CBS’ Twitter page as of Tuesday afternoon.
CBS didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Vera could not be immediately reached.
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