ATLANTA — A metro nurse who volunteered to go to New York City to help with the coronavirus crisis unfolding there, said she was mortified to find out her home state was going to be the first state to start reopening amid the ongoing pandemic.
Channel 2 anchor Jorge Estevez spoke with Vanessa Warner on Thursday, her only day that she’s had off in the last three weeks.
Warner packed up and left her Buckhead home on April 5 and drove 14 hours to live in a New York City hotel, leaving behind her family.
She told Estevez that she had no idea the hell that awaited her.
“This is the most vicious, vile, disgusting, just horrible thing to watch and to be helpless to kind of do anything to stop it,” Warner said. “I was scared about that, but then you get your first patient and you walk into the first room and it kicks in -- you’re a nurse.”
“While there is hope in numbers, there is still humans in those rooms, and please respect the lives of the humans and the families and the people that are in those rooms fighting for their lives, and stay home until the science, the scientists tell us it’s OK,” Warner said. “Please! Please, please, please, please. That’s all. That’s my message, please stay home.”
Warner said there is a way you can help. She wants to show her teammates that Georgia cares. If you would like to send her a card or message of hope, here is her address in New York:
Attn: Vanessa Warner, RN
Marritot Marquis Hotel
New York, New York, 10036
The hotel is letting them wallpaper the lobby with everything you send.