Should Docs Be Punished for Spreading False COVID-19 Info?

September 01, 2021

Across the country, state medical licensing boards and state and national medical associations are struggling with how to respond to physicians who make scientifically baseless public statements about COVID-19, often in a viral video. They fear such statements are increasing public confusion and are heightening political conflict, particularly regarding vaccines and the wearing of masks, and could even pose a threat to public health.

The Federation of State Medical Boards warned in July that physicians who willfully spread false information about COVID-19 risk suspension or revocation of their medical license.


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