Today, we face the worst public health emergency in more than 100 years. Answering the call to duty and public service, physicians, nurses and frontline health care workers have risked their lives to treat patients with Covid-19. And now, more than 1,000 frontline health care workers including physicians, have lost their lives to this pandemic.
Earlier this year we witnessed attacks on public health officers as they promoted public policy based on science, including masking in public, hand-washing, and social-distancing. Now more recently, some politicians have turned their attention on physicians, falsely and maliciously claiming that doctors are over-reporting Covid-19 patients for financial gain. To the medical community who have suffered lives lost due to the virus, this is an insufferable, erroneous, and intolerable charge.
Continued misinformation will only erode trust and confidence in our health care teams. It’s time to stop attacking those who care for the ill, and to stand by the physicians, nurses, and health care workers who have saved countless lives from Covid-19, while risking their own.
Diana Shiba, MD
Los Angeles County Medical Association
MD Sion Roy, MD
Immediate Past President