Coronavirus, Health

Cobb County Nurse Shares Her Daily Experience Of Working With COVID-19 Patients

Amanda Earley was the first Wellstar team member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the first person in Cobb County.
Amanda Earley was the first Wellstar team member to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the first person in Cobb County.
Credit Wellstar Kennestone Hospital

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, life has changed drastically for Georgia’s critical care nurses.

Amanda Earley is an Intensive Care Unit Nurse with WellStar Health System and reports she regularly works with packed units full of sick COVID-19 patients and nurse fatigue.

Earley was the first person in Cobb County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Amanda Earley, a critical care nurse at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital ICU (COVID Unit). (Wellstar Kennestone Hospital)

She talked to WABE’s “Morning Edition” host, Lisa Rayam, about the toll her job is taking.

Still, she began the conversation by sharing what it was like to take the vaccine in hopes of dispelling any fears.

Earley said her first dose of the vaccine was not bad for her.

And as for her second dose, Earley continued, she experienced temporary flu-like body aches, and her lymph nodes were swollen temporarily.

But she said she would much rather experience the short-term discomfort than COVID-19.

 

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