Simone Gold M.D. is an emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles. She's also one of more than 600 physicians across the nation who sent a letter to President Trump this week calling for an end to the coronavirus shutdowns. She referred to the shutdowns as a "mass casualty incident," with "exponentially growing negative health consequences" to patients who do not have the coronavirus, yet still need care.
“The downstream health effects...are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error," Dr. Gold wrote in the letter.
The letter focused on the physical and mental impact American's are currently experiencing due to the pandemic and lockdowns. According to the letter, calls into the suicide hotline have increased by 600%, and "150,000 Americans per month who would have never had new cancer detected through routine screening." The physicians added that they "are alarmed at what appears to be a lack of consideration for the future health of our patients."
“Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful events, and the effect on a person’s health is not lessened because it also has happened to 30 million [now 38 million] other people. Keeping schools and universities closed is incalculably detrimental for children, teenagers, and young adults for decades to come.”
Today at 4 p.m., Dr. Simone Gold will join John and Ken on air to discuss the letter sent to President Trump, as well as what she thinks should happen moving forward. Make sure you're listening to KFI AM 640!