As California’s most draconian public health official, Barbara Ferrer of Los Angeles, threatens new indoor mask mandates, all other states are mostly ignoring whatever Covid variant is spreading.
Because while there may be more “cases” of Covid showing up, people just aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized. The symptoms vary from a mild cold to a full-blown flu. And that’s a raging inconvenience and uncomfortable, it’s a flu bug.
“Two officials at one of the largest hospital systems in Los Angeles and Southern California dismissed government officials’ statements about another wave of COVID-19 hitting the region and the United States as ‘media hype,’” the Globe reported July 18. “This flies in the face of Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s announcement on Thursday that Los Angeles County has officially reached the ‘High’ level of new COVID-19 cases and County hospitalization rates, giving the County two weeks to fall back below or else mandatory indoor masking mandates return,” as the Globe reported.
This is a conundrum. How does Gov. Gavin Newsom think he is a viable Presidential candidate as California prepares to go into lockdown mode again, bringing back masking mandates and school restrictions as other states go about their summer days as usual? Will the media cover for him?
An Emergency Room doctor in Los Angeles tweeted this:
“LA County Covid hospitalizations continue to fall from peak of 1,329. The current BA.5 wave has impacted our hospitals even less than BA.1 over the Winter. We have more than enough capacity and resources to handle this wave and the usual ER patients.”
LA County Covid hospitalizations continue to fall from peak of 1,329. The current BA.5 wave has impacted our hospitals even less than BA.1 over the Winter. We have more than enough capacity and resources to handle this wave and the usual ER patients. https://t.co/fgfIiAbBdS
— Michael Daignault, MD (@MichaelDaignau3) July 25, 2022
I know a few ER docs – not one would put out a statement like this unless they were serious. And of the ones I’ve spoken with, they are the most practical of all and tell people to assess their own risk, and act accordingly.
“Gee, it’s almost like it’s not an emergency,” someone replied.
“In a news conference on July 13, Brad Spellberg, the chief medical officer of Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, and epidemiologist Paul Holtom, said that there have been no changes in the transmission levels of COVID-19,” the Globe reported. There’s more:
Dr. Spellberg said they are seeing thousands of people with Covid, “but it is mild, and they go home,” he said.
He said of the patients who are admitted to the hospital, “90% of the time it is not due to Covid. Only 10% of our Covid-positive admissions are due to Covid.”
“None of them go to the ICU, and when they do, it is not for pneumonia,” he added. “They are not intibated. We have not seen one of those since February.”
“A lot of people have really bad colds is what we are seeing, Spellberg said.
“’It is just not the same pandemic that it was, despite all the media hype to the contrary… I mean … a lot of people have bad colds is what we’re seeing,” Spellberg added.”
“As of today, we have moved from the medium to the “High” COVID community level,” LA Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a public briefing. “If the county remains in the CDC-designated High level for two consecutive weeks, we will again impose a universal mandatory indoor mask-wearing mandate.”
The two doctors dismissed Ferrer’s claims, and said the Public Health Officer’s assessment doesn’t match the numbers.
“We’re just seeing nobody with severe Covid symptoms,’ Holtom added.
“As of this morning, we have no one in the hospital who had pulmonary disease due to COVID. Nobody in the hospital … Nobody. Nobody who had COVID-19 disease as we would see it in the past. So I guess it is hard to get a little more excited,” he said.
The docs were strongly encouraged by someone at LA County to walk back their statements, but the genie was out of the bottle.
The best summation of the LA County/USC letter was from Dr. Houman David Hemmati, MD, PhD on Twitter:
Former LAC+USC doc here. So you’re agreeing with the objective facts your own doctors said which refute @lapublichealth & Ferrer and make it clear mask mandates are UNNECESSARY. RIGHT? Please just admit it. Putting spin on it based on fear is unethical at best, criminal at worst.
Former LAC+USC doc here. So you’re agreeing with the objective facts your own doctors said which refute @lapublichealth & Ferrer and make it clear mask mandates are UNNECESSARY. RIGHT? Please just admit it. Putting spin on it based on fear is unethical at best, criminal at worst. https://t.co/agtN5zq3zK
— Houman David Hemmati, MD, PhD (@houmanhemmati) July 18, 2022
Thousands, and maybe millions of parents aren’t buying this mask threat either. #reopencaliforniaschools has taken the fight of parents to social media.
The school year is about to begin and @DrTomasAragon hasn’t addressed this issue. I’ve asked numerous times.
— Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) July 25, 2022
CA Globe friend and Fox host Steve Hilton drills down on the so-called “experts” making these decisions:
.@SteveHiltonx: Many of the public health “experts” – the ones who mask your kids, close your businesses and wreck your life – aren’t even qualified for their positions. This is an absolute obscenity#NextRevFNC pic.twitter.com/DmOxCu9HFl
— The Next Revolution (@NextRevFNC) July 25, 2022
Southern California attorney Julie Hamill says, “There are 1009 comments to the @LACountyBOS regarding the mask mandate. Review them here: file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/s
The report she references has 375 pages of comments – many of which in the prominent first few pages are bogus.
— Julie Hamill (@hamill_law) July 25, 2022
Poignantly, a social worker working to bring back normalcy for school kids tweeted his statement:
“If policymakers had to live by their own COVID restrictions, all schools would look like 2019 tomorrow.”
If policymakers had to live by their own COVID restrictions, all schools would look like 2019 tomorrow.
— Justin Spiro, LCSW (@Jusrangers) July 25, 2022
The parents who have contacted the Globe say this is outrageous and obviously political. They aren’t buying it, and will fight it. Again.
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