“In medical terms, the shutdown was a mass casualty incident,” Gold added in the letter, referring to a disaster akin to a plane wreck or terrorist attack.
The state-by-state lockdowns were implemented to slow the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, before infecting more than 40 countries. The virus has reportedly killed more than 300,000 people worldwide, leaving a death toll of close to 90,000 people in the Unite States. Trump, for his part, has expressed a desire to get the U.S. economy rolling again.
Gold is in the minority to a certain extent as other doctors argue the lockdowns are not only necessary but urgent.
The Utah Academy of Family Physicians, which represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical experts across Utah called on Gov. Gary Herbert in April to statewide stay-at-home orders to slow down the virus. The governor issued stay-at-home orders in parts of the state, according to The New York Times.
Dr. Austin Baeth, an internal medicine physician at UnityPoint, pushed Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to deploy lockdowns as well.
“My greatest fear is that we will have patient after patient after patient rolled into our hospitals and we have nowhere to put them,” Baeth said in an April 3 interview with local Iowa news outlet. “We have no ventilator to give them and people who would have otherwise survived this illness, had we had the capacity to help them, will instead die.”
Gold, for her part, participated in a Tea Party Patriots Action media call Tuesday alongside neurosurgeon Steven Giannotta and pediatrician Robert Hamilton, all of whom expressed the belief that there are serious negative health effects tied to keeping American businesses and schools closed indefinitely. She used the call to address many of the concerns she noted in the memo.
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