“I think we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful, we have to say something coming out, you know you don’t get vaccinated, you know you’re going to die. I mean, let’s just be really blunt to these people.”
—-Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center Dr. Mary Rudyk, formerly the North Carolina’s Chief of Medical Staff, in a leaked Zoom discussion with a colleague about how to persuade vaccine resisters to get their shots. [ Notice of Correction: the original post included a shot from the Zoom recording that was not Rudyk, but the colleague she was talking with. Commenter Zanshin flagged the mistake. That is Rudyk above.]
In other words, lie and engage in fear-mongering! Oh, good plan. That’s surely the way to build back the trust the health care community has squandered during the pandemic.
Rudyk says in the now viral two-minute video that the hospital’s messaging needs to be “a little bit more scary for the public,” so she proposes including patients she characterizes as “post-COVID” in the hospital’s case count. Actually, as the hospital tried to explain later as it desperately attempts to address public outrage over the comments, that policy would be defensible, as patients hospitalized for conditions brought on by the virus are still in danger as a direct result of being infected. However, the ethical motive for making this choice is to be more informative, not to be “more scary.’
In a statement, Novant Health told WECT News that they were not releasing data for patients “who remain hospitalized for COVID-19 complications even though they are no longer COVID-19 positive, so it does not provide a complete picture of the total impact of COVID-19 on our patients and on our hospitals.” The spokesperson for the hospital also said that they were “concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities.”
If they are so concerned, they should stop deliberately contributing to that misinformation with demonstrably false statements like “you don’t get vaccinated, you know you’re going to die.” The survival rate for the Wuhan virus and all of its variants is still better than 98% regardless of the age of the individual infected. If one is young, healthy, and not obese, the odds are much better than that. Vaccinated or not, you know you are almost certainly NOT going to die.
Of course, health officials like Rudyk are counting on the mainstream news media to make sure that as few members of the public learn about damning episodes like this “for the greater good.” I’ll be watching to see if this story is reported at all outside of Fox News and the usual suspects. You know it largely will not be. And this, of course, only feeds public distrust, but of journalists. Much of the public believes that they are also engaging in selective reporting and fear-mongering regarding the pandemic, because they are.
Oh yeah. Good plan.