Two Experienced ER Doctors: Lockdowns Weaken Our Immune Systems
By Donna Garner
Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi are Emergency Room doctors with each having had more than 20 years of medical and emergency care experience. They are the co-owners of Accelerated Urgent Care with offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, and Temecula, California.
They see patients every day in their clinics and have spent late-night hours gathering, studying, and assimilating their own data on COVID-19. They have been in contact with ER doctors from across the country in an effort to share common experiences so as to gain a better understanding of COVID-19 over time. More and more is being learned about this virus each day.
Dr. Erickson and Dr. Massihi were interviewed by 23ABC News on 4.22.20, and the information these doctors shared with the press needs to be shared with America and the world.
Please take the time to watch their two-part video.
URGENT UPDATE: 4.28.20 – “Blatant Censorship by Google – Removed COVID Videos by Two ER Doctors” — Please go to this link to view the “banned” video and also to read a partial transcript of the two doctors’ comments – EdViews.org — https://www.educationviews.org/blatant-censorship-by-google-removed-videos-by-two-er-doctors-in-bakersfield-ca/
Video: Part 1 (Removed by Google)
Video: Part 2 (Removed by Google)
As these doctors explained it, COVID-19 is a new mutation of a coronavirus; and they said they would have done what the leaders of our country did early-on to protect our nation. However, they said as the months have gone on, many new things have been learned.
It is time to cease the lockdowns and get our country back to work.
Based upon their data (which has been carefully verified with personal follow-ups) and national/international data gathered from public sources, a person living in California has a 0.03% chance of dying from COVID-19. In New York State, it is a 0.1% chance of dying from COVID-19.
Spain’s chance of dying from COVID-19 is 0.05% with a 90% recovery rate.
Each year the number of flu deaths in the United States runs between 24,000 to 62,000. The chance of dying from the flu is 0.13%.
Dr. Erickson did a comparison between Sweden (which did not implement a complete lockdown) and Norway (which implemented a complete lockdown). By comparing the data from the two countries, there is not statistically different data to prove that a lockdown is medically superior.
Across the United States, there is a 19.6% chance of testing positive for COVID-19. In just a couple of months, the United States has tested over 4 million people which is double that of any other country.
Dr. Erickson said that the reason more have not been tested is that people are afraid to come to the hospitals/clinics to get the tests, and many of the healthcare facilities are themselves shut down with doctors/nurses/staffers being laid off or sent home!
One of the important points that Dr. Massihi made was to explain how our bodies develop a strong immune system by being faced with different viruses that are around us (i. e., herd immunity). By being exposed to the bacteria and flora that surround us, our bodies build antibodies; but by being locked down and inside our houses, we are weakening our own immune systems.
The two doctors expressed their deep concerns that when the country emerges from lockdown, sick patients (whose weakened bodies will more easily pick up various viruses) will flood the healthcare systems at a time when those clinics/hospitals have laid off vast numbers of workers because of empty beds. This will be a dual crisis.
Both men said that they are seeing in their “lockdown” patients an increase in child molestation, spousal abuse, suicides, depression, alcohol, drug abuse, and other negative behaviors. These have lifetime consequences while COVID-19 is only for a season.
When these co-owners were challenged by a reporter in the room who suggested they were only concerned about their financial interests, Dr. Erickson said that he had talked to countless other medical providers who do not own clinics but who share the very same concerns that he and Dr. Massihi have.
Dr. Erickson and Dr. Massihi believe that shelter-in-place orders need to be lifted; all businesses should be opened in a deliberate and safe way; and more testing needs to be made available.
However, they stated that a large percentage of people have already had COVID-19; those people have built up immunities; and it is not statistically possible to test everyone in America before allowing them to go back to work.
These two ER experts said it would defy all biological and scientific logic to think that the public would be “safe” milling around at a large retail store while at the same time forbidding them from going to an outdoor venue.
Speaking offhandedly, they said to leaders who are making such lockdown declarations, “Good luck with the litigation that comes from that decision.”