As we’ve said earlier, the coronavirus seems to have been cured by the George Floyd protests; look at this social distancing going on in Philadelphia Saturday:
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) June 6, 2020
You’d think health care professionals would be horrified, but this week we’ve had health and disease experts share with NPR their letter explaining that they support the protests despite the COVID-19 lockdown because “white supremacy is a lethal public health issue” also. Hospital workers in New York wearing full PPE stood outside to applaud a parade of protesters marching down the sidewalk. Epidemiologists are explaining that protesters are balancing competing risks, and they do have the advantage of protesting outside, even though two weeks ago beachgoers were hounded by a lawyer dressed as the Grim Reaper and collecting money to hand out bodybags to anyone who hit the sand.
But as one expert explained, it would be good if all of the protesters around the world would self-isolate for the next two weeks. Right.
Here are doctors and nurses in California taking a knee.
Nurse & Doctors kneel in silence out front of the #California state capitol in protest of police brutality. @CBSSacramento All while the #California national guard looks on. pic.twitter.com/UYb2Gr5OHX
— Laura Haefeli (@LauraHaefeli) June 3, 2020
Yes, it's a real quote. pic.twitter.com/dSiFfJqWfR
— Austin Open The Economy Petersen (@AP4Liberty) June 6, 2020
We thought academia put pressure on peers to join the latest and greatest protest, but it looks like the medical field isn’t far behind. This pediatrician said this week he’s been hounded by requests to protest — to kneel, at least.
In the last four hours, I’ve gotten four emails from various hospitals and health care systems asking (insisting?) I join them in kneeling in group protest.
I don’t kneel for anything or anyone much less at the demand of the medical-industrial complex.
— Joe Pilot, MD (@JoeSilverman7) June 4, 2020
Wtf?! Seriously dude???
— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) June 4, 2020
They actually asked you to kneel with them?
— A.S. Phoulle (@asimplefoolblog) June 4, 2020
Multiple different hospital systems. They were only superficially asking, too.
— Joe Pilot, MD (@JoeSilverman7) June 4, 2020
Definitely HCA and UHS. I would bet anything.
— TheMadCarew (@carew_mad) June 5, 2020
Our hospital as well.
— ENR (@ENR_OrthoMD) June 5, 2020
My hospital sent the same request.
I don’t expect anyone to ever kneel for me and I kneel for no one.
— 🌘DarkSky🌑 (@DarkSky44017980) June 5, 2020
Relative works at a hospital in Naperville and they are asking all employees to meet in the cafeteria and kneel for 8 min to honor Floyd.
— Cap’n Send (@ChiowaFin23) June 4, 2020
My thoughts whenever I hear that I should kneel "in support" of a cause: pic.twitter.com/I8NDm3dvpB
— Ne m'embrassez pas 😷 (@SorellaTorta) June 4, 2020
Wow. Metaphorically, we have been kneeling in medicine for years. Thats about right.
— MadMD (@SeabassSaid) June 4, 2020
And here it comes from our hospital admin now. Just about covers it. pic.twitter.com/CDpBbaa4OZ
— MadMD (@SeabassSaid) June 5, 2020
— Bob Richards (@BobRichards57) June 4, 2020
I'll kneel to God but I will never bend my knee to another
— Adam Tharp (@adamctharp) June 4, 2020
I’m with you.
— Larry Gates (@AggieLarry) June 5, 2020
I guess you could tell them you're busy with patients
— Wundermut (@Wundermut) June 4, 2020
Solicited professional protest. Do they want photos to share on social media or is this at organized events?
— Rae Reubaltach (@RebelRae13) June 4, 2020
The people in this country have lost their minds (a whole lot of them)
— Diane Botti (@DianeBloves702) June 4, 2020
They did this at Miami's largest public hospital, Jackson Memorial, which has multiple locations in the region. They had the kneel-in on all the nightly local newscasts. I don't even know what kind of country I live in anymore.
— kviami (@kviami1) June 5, 2020
Agreed. Corporate medicine usually takes wokeness to a level only surpassed by universities.
— Scott Eccarius (@ScottEccarius) June 4, 2020
In the last two or three days I have gotten at least 6-7 company emails from executives talking about systemic racism, inclusion and diversity, etc. with promises for more to come. They all sound the same with specific buzz words. I assume this is happening everywhere right now.
— Midwest Deplorable (@Mdwstdeplorable) June 5, 2020
Politicizing the medical field will not end well
— dazed and confused (@HalDoherty) June 5, 2020
As if we needed another reason not to nationalize health care?
1. Do it.
2. Go halfway down and then stand up with the crowd kneeling to you.
3. Post pic in your office.
— Seoul man (@Monkey3ddd) June 4, 2020
Tell them you'll try to find time after your clap out for the protestors and your tiktok video
— Anonynurse Practitioner (@ArthurNonymous) June 4, 2020
So, how’s that “stay home for us” lie working out for them?
— Ohio Guy. (@thekinner) June 4, 2020
“We’re staying here for you, please stay home for us.”
‘Did I miss the memo?’: Hospital workers in full PPE applaud George Floyd protesters as they march past https://t.co/ws96JyUmUL
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 4, 2020