It appears there must have been some significant blowback against Los Angeles County over the information provided by the two surprisingly forthright LA County+USC physicians on Sunday, as the Globe reported Monday in LA County Chief Medical Officer Rejects COVID-19 ‘Media Hype’. We reported that the two LA doctors rejected Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s statements about another wave of COVID-19 hitting the region as “media hype.”
The L.A. County Department of Health issued a statement Monday, clearly indignant that people shared the video on social media and in news articles of the two doctors rejecting the claims that hospitalizations are up, and that Covid is still very serious.
Ferrer has been teasing that with the impending “high” level of COVID-19 transmission,” indoor mask mandates will likely come back. But as is her way, she never offered any details about whether or not people who were hospitalized were sick with Covid or from Covid – or if they were not sick much at all.
The letter is almost funny claiming that it is because of the vaccines that people aren’t hospitalized. Sure. “Importantly, one of the reasons we are seeing low rates of ICU admission currently is due to high rates of vaccination across Los Angeles County,” the unsigned letter from LA County Health Services says.
It’s almost as if these two doctors may have exposed the Los Angeles County Medical Industrial Complex.
The Globe reported Monday morning:
“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.”
“Our Covid situation – it’s just the same. It has not changed,” Spellberg said. He showed a graph and said, “it’s plateaued and has not gone down.”
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.
His epidemiologist colleague added:
“So many people are testing at home and not reporting that in,” Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Holtom said. “No one has any idea how many are actually testing positive.”
The two doctors dismissed L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s claims that masking will likely be necessary by the end of the month, and said the Public Health Officer’s assessment doesn’t match the data and actual numbers.
“We’re just seeing nobody with severe Covid symptoms,’ Holtom added.
The LA County letter reiterated what Drs. Spellberg and Holtom said – that 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.”
“Baseless political arguments?” Ahem, we-the-people didn’t make this virus political. But it appears LA County is attempting to do so.
Every physician I have spoken with about the now-Covid endemic recommends that we all assess our own risk and act accordingly – surprisingly refreshing common sense medical advise.
Perhaps the best summation of the LA County/USC letter is from 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.
Statement on behalf of LA County’s USC Medical Center on state of current COVID-19 Hospitalizations. pic.twitter.com/RpSG6ddZuw
— LAC+USC Medical Center (@LACUSCMedCenter) July 18, 2022
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