In a recent video, an Oregon doctor said staff at his clinic did not wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic and dismissed Covid-19 as a “common cold.”
Dr. Stephen LaTulipe commented during a November 7 rally to stop the theft – in support of President Donald Trump – in Salem, Oregon, to a group gathered in front of the State Capitol.
“I want to expose what I call crown mania,” LaTulipe said in a video shared on YouTube by the political group Multnomah County Republicans and first reported by the NBC KGW affiliate in Portland.
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LaTulippe owns South View Medical Arts in Dallas, Oregon, and said he has treated nearly 80 patients with Covid-19. Before taking the microphone, he was introduced as a doctor who would talk about the “myths of Kovid.”
“We were completely deceived and I want you to know that this is madness and the goal was just to imprison the American people. This is a threat to your freedom, a threat to our constitution. Please take off your mask of shame,” LaTulipe said.
“It’s a mask that’s designed to just control you and turn you off,” the crowd doctor said. He also called the virus, which killed more than 271,000 people in the United States, a “common cold virus.”
In a telephone interview Wednesday, LaTulipe doubled his stance against the mask, saying he disagreed with it because he believed “bad science was behind it.”
“I have absolutely zero problems with contagion and I have completely successful treatments, so I ask, ‘What’s the problem?’ “. Why would I be demonized if I know what I’m doing, “he said.
“I have a very strict protocol for viruses and flu season in my clinic and it has been working very well for me for years,” he continued. “I’ve never been sick of my staff or myself.”
In a November 20 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said seven studies conducted in different settings “confirmed the benefits of universal masking in community-based analyzes.”
“Each analysis demonstrates that following the instructions of the organizational and political leadership for universal camouflage, new infections have dropped significantly,” the CDC notes.
Although LaTulippe refused to wear a mask, he said he was really asking patients who believed they had Covid-19 or showed symptoms of the virus to wear it.
He sees them at the end of the day after all his other patients have left, and treats them in the back room of the clinic, which is disinfected before and after they leave.
“I’m very interested in healthy medical practice and I’m interested in good science,” he said. “And when science and medicine are perverted by corrupt politics, I am ready for battle and that made me go to this rally and say what I said.”
His comments run counter to Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order, which requires medical professionals to wear face covers at all times while in a health office, with limited exceptions, according to KGW.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federation of State Medical Councils also said health personnel should wear masks to prevent the virus from spreading.
The Oregon Medical Council said it could not comment on specific cases, but said in a statement Wednesday that non-compliance with executive orders and state guidelines could lead to disciplinary action.
The board’s website showed no action against LaTulippe.
“Unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to, conduct that endangers or may endanger the health or safety of the public. This includes failure to comply with an executive order issued by the governor or failure to comply with state agency instructions applicable at the time and place, where the licensee practices medicine, “the board said in a statement.