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This Oregon doctor who refused to wear masks and called COVID-19 a ‘common cold’ has lost his license

An Oregon doctor has dismissed COVID-19 in a new interview. Now, his medical license has been suspended.

A woman and child walk past a North Salem High School in Salem, Ore., March 31, 2020, which like all schools in Oregon is closed because of the coronavirus.
A woman and child walk past a North Salem High School in Salem, Ore., March 31, 2020, which like all schools in Oregon is closed because of the coronavirus.
Andrew Selsky, Associated Press

An Oregon doctor who dismissed COVID-19 in a recent speech before supporters has had his medical license suspended due to his dismissal of the coronavirus, BuzzFeed News reports.

What happened:

Dr. Steven LaTulippe made comments during a rally called “Stop the Steal,” which was held in support of President Donald Trump,” about how COVID-19 is similar to the “common cold,” which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “I want to expose what I call coronamania,” LaTulippe said in a video shared on YouTube, according to KGW.
  • “I want you to know that I never shut down during the entire COVID season. ... I hate to tell you this, I might scare you, but I and my staff, none of us once wore a mask in my clinic,” he said. “And how many problems did we have in our clinic from that? Zero. Absolutely none.”

The doctor said he did not agree with face mask requirements.

What’s happening now?

The Oregon Medical Board suspended LaTulippe’s license and ordered the family practice doctor to “stop practicing medicine until further order of the board.”

  • The board also called his recent actions “a serious danger to the public health or safety.”

Extra details:

The order also explains that LaTulippe would often “urge persons who enter the clinic wearing masks to remove their masks.”

  • “(LaTulippe) regularly tells his patients that masks are ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and should not be worn,” the statement reads.

This advice comes even though there’s a heavy amount of evidence that face coverings and masks can help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected 14.9 million people in the United States.