What moved me to tears was, at first, simply rage. Rage at those who won't take our ills seriously and those who are actively fighting against the truth. They are putting people's lives in danger. — CNN correspondent Sara Sidner
What moved me to tears was, at first, simply rage. Rage at those who won't take our ills seriously and those who are actively fighting against the truth. They are putting people's lives in danger. — CNN correspondent Sara Sidner
Why I lost it on live TV
I cried. I couldn't control my tears. I couldn't use my words.

It happened not just in public, but on CNN, in front of America and the world.

What moved me to tears was, at first, simply rage. Rage at those who won't take our ills seriously and those who are actively fighting against the truth. They are putting people's lives in danger.

... I can't tell you what a hard slap in the face it is to constantly experience two distinctly different worlds in one beautiful but imperfect America: One based on reality, the other on conspiracy and tribalism.

I've now been to 10 hospitals trying to deal with the pandemic. I've witnessed people writhing in pain, gasping for breath and near death from Covid-19 in ICUs across the country. I've seen doctors and nurses with exhaustion written all over their faces still battling like the pandemic just began, though we are 12 months in.

And then, as I make my way home and stop to pump gas, someone rolls their eyes at me and asks, "Why are you wearing a mask?" Like it's me that's bonkers.