YouTube reportedly pulled the viral video of two California doctors who recently called out measures that states have taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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The video, which was retweeted by Elon Musk, showed doctors from Bakersfield, Calif., at a news conference questioning the knee-jerk reaction that health officials had when ordering the economy to close.
“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? No. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Yes we do,” Dr. Dan Erickson said, according to 23 ABC News.
Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi are co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care in Kern County, and were widely criticized for their comments.
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“When someone dies in this country right now, they’re not talking about high blood pressure, the diabetes, the stroke. They’re saying, ‘Did they die from COVID?’ We’ve been to hundreds of autopsies. You don’t talk about one thing, you talk about comorbidities. ER doctors now [say] ‘It’s interesting when I’m writing about my death report, I’m being pressured to add COVID. Why is that?” asked Erickson.
“Something else is going on here,” he said. “this is not about science and it’s not even about COVID. When [officials] use the word ‘safe’—if you listen to the word ‘safe,’ that’s about controlling you.”
23ABC reported that it received an email from YouTube that the video was taken down due to its “community guidelines.”
The station posted the letter from YouTube that the decision was made after it conducted a review.
“We know that this might be disappointing, but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all. If content breaks our rules, we remove it. If you think we’ve made a mistake, you can appeal and we’ll take another look.”
Erickson and Massihi held the press conference after conducting over 5,000 tests, which they said suggested that the virus is much more common and far less deadly than previously thought. They compared the outbreak to the flu.
Dr. Carl Bergstrom, a University of Washington biologist who specializes in disease modeling, told Cal Matters that the methods the two doctors used to conduct their study were ludicrous.
He compared their results to “estimating the average height of Americans from the players on an NBA court.”