Doctors Must Stand Up for Public Health Officials

June 26, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 29, 2020

Across the U.S., public health officials have recently been threatened and harassed at their homes, to the point of forcing them to quit their jobs. Theodore Mazer, MD, former president of the California Medical Association and a delegate and California representative to the American Medical Association, discusses with MedPage Today the hostility of the protesters, the data behind the social distancing measures they are fighting, and what physicians can do about improving public adherence.

“We can’t eliminate all risks, but we already know — contrary to what the protesters are saying — that masking absolutely reduces your risk. Not necessarily the PPE that physicians are using, or nurses are using, but even a bandana, it’s not as effective, but it is effective in lowering risk. So from the doctor’s perspective with their individual patients, they need to be very strong educators. Some doctors are uncomfortable doing public advocacy, but most doctors are pretty comfortable doing social media and they should be out there doing social media to remind their patients and the public at large, that what they’re hearing from public health officers, what they’re hearing in the media is important,” Mazer said.

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