Health care workers have shouldered some of the heaviest burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, treating dying patients, consoling grieving families and working long hours in understaffed hospitals. On top of those stressors, nurses and physicians are facing an increase in violent attacks and threats from their patients.

An Idaho doctor reported being threatened after she refused to prescribe a patient ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug that had been used in experimental COVID treatment.

Dr. Ashley Carvalho told KBOI that the patient's family member told her, "I have a lot of ways to get people to do what I want them to do, and they're all sitting in my gun safe at home."

Read more: WFXL (Albany, GA)