YouTube removed an hour long video of Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi, co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, CA, arguing against the government measures meant to fight COVID-19. The video received more than 5 million views before being removed, happening about a week after YouTube’s CEO said the platform would be removing any content that contradicts the World Health Organization.
In the video, Dr. Erickson mentions anecdotally how doctors are being pressured to add COVID to death certificates:
But ER doctors now, my friends that I talk to, say “You know, it’s interesting. When I’m writing up my death report, I’m being pressured to add COVID. Why is that?”
He later summarizes his and Dr. Massihi’s position on the whole situation:
… when I look at the basic tenants that we know of microbiology, I say do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is, emphatically, no. Do we need businesses to be shutdown? Emphatically, no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Yes, we do. The secondary effects that we went over, the child abuse, alcoholism, loss of revenue, all of these are, in our opinion, a significantly more detrimental thing to society than a virus that has proven similar in nature to the seasonal flu we have every year.
Of course, as usual, the video is available on AltTech: