Although his health was rapidly deteriorating at a Michigan hospital he wasn’t having any of the doctor’s diagnoses. The unvaccinated man thought he wasn’t that sick despite dangerously low oxygen levels. He became so angry at the hospital policy that prohibited his wife from being by his bedside, that he threatened his life.
Dr. Matthew Trunsky did not hesitate to respond: “You are free to leave, but before you get to the car, you will be dead,” he stated.
These exchanges are becoming all too common for medical professionals who have grown weary of COVID-19 misinformation and denial that has made it difficult to treat patients unvaccinated during the delta-driven surge.
Six doctors were asked by the Associated Press to share their experiences with misinformation and denial on a daily basis. They also shared their responses.
Patients complain of being aggrieved by the repeated requests for Ivermectin to be prescribed. They also lashed out at doctors when they tell them that it is not safe. A family doctor in Illinois has his patients tell him that microchips have been embedded in vaccines to try and take over their DNA. Louisiana doctor shows patients Twinkies ingredients to remind them that vaccines are safe and contain many safe additives. These are their stories.
LOUISIANA DOCTOR – “Just stop looking at Facebook”
Dr. Vincent Shaw pulls up the ingredients list and gives a Twinkie to patients who tell him they don’t want the COVID-19 vaccination.
Shaw, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana family physician, said, “Look at that back.” “Tell me that you can pronounce every word on the back of this package. I don’t have a degree in chemistry, but I do know that it is.
Patients often tell him that they haven’t done enough research on vaccines. He assures them that the vaccine developers have done their research.
There are also fringe explanations. “They’re putting in a tracker and it makes me magnet.”
He was left speechless by another explanation: “The patient could not understand why they were given it for free because humanity isn’t nice, people aren’t nice, and nobody would give away anything.” There is no inherent goodness in man. “And I didn’t have a comeback from that.”
Mild cases of illness can make people believe they are immune to natural causes. He tells them, “No, you are not a Superman/Superwoman.”
He stated that social media is one of the greatest problems, as shown by many patients who posted their Facebook experiences in making their decision not to get vaccinated. This mindset has led to memes about the thousands of Americans who received their medical degrees from the University of Facebook School of Medicine.
“I am like, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ I shake my head, ‘No, no. It’s not right. “Stop looking at Facebook.
DALLAS ER DOCTOR – Baffled by his ‘lost all credibility’ with anti-vaccine patients
Patients tell Dr. Stu Coffman that they fear side effects of vaccines. Patients don’t trust the regulatory approval process, and they have disproven concerns about the vaccine’s potential to harm their fertility. He claimed that the most surprising thing someone had told him was that there was “actually toxic in the mRNA vaccination” — an unsubstantiated rumor that was spread online.
The pushback is too much for him.
He said, “If you have a gunshot wound or stabbing wound or are having a heart attack you should see me at the emergency department.” “But once we start talking about vaccines, all of sudden I lose all credibility.”
He stated that the best way to overcome hesitancy was to find out its source. He explained that when people approach him about concerns regarding fertility, he can point out specific research that shows the vaccine is safe and their concerns are not unfounded.
He says that there is no way to change the minds of those who believe the vaccines contain poison. “I doubt I’m going to be able show you anything to convince you otherwise.”
He believes he can change people’s minds about vaccines if they follow him around as he walks past the dying and sick, nearly all of whom are not vaccinated.
KENTUCKY – After diagnosis, political views become clear
Ryan Stanton had a patient recently who started their conversation with Dr. Stanton by saying “I’m no afraid of any China virus.” He knew exactly what he was facing when dealing with his patient’s misguided beliefs and politics about the virus.
Stanton blamed Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist, for some of the misinformation spreading among his patients. One of them said that the vaccine contains fetal cell. Another stated that it was “a simple fact that millions of people have died from the vaccine.”
He said that “in fact,” and “that couldn’t be more wrong.”
It is difficult to watch, especially after having experienced the initial surges. An elderly patient in a nursing home arrived on his last shift, just moments before he died. Staff wheeled her out of the ambulance bay to allow her family to say goodbye from 20 feet away. He took a photo of the scene to help him remember the horror.
After the vaccines arrived there was hope, but then came the Delta variant and a slowdown of immunizations.
Stanton said, “Really, it amazes me how many people have this huge fear and conspiracy theory about vaccines, and will honest-to-God try anything to get better.”
MICHIGAN PULMONOLOGIST – His frustrations are unleashed by a Facebook post
Trunsky’s anger at the vaccine backlash grew so intense, he took to Facebook to share the fury he faces every day at his Troy hospital, Michigan. The post listed eight encounters he had in the two previous days alone in which COVID-19 patients explained misinformation-fueled reasons for not getting vaccines or made demands for unproven treatments.
Example 5. Example 5. A patient said that he would rather die than get the vaccine. Trunsky’s reply: “You might get your wish.”
There has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the vaccine. They claim it isn’t proven or only experimental, when it actually is not. Others tell him that it is a personal choice and the government shouldn’t tell me what I should do. He has also heard from patients who said they were too sick to take the vaccine and don’t want to risk any side effects. A young mother said she was not vaccinated as she was breastfeeding, despite the fact that her doctor and obstetrician advised her to do so. Although she was admitted to the hospital, she eventually received a shot.
Some people vent their frustration on healthcare providers. If they don’t receive a prescription for Ivermectin (a common medication used by veterinarians to treat parasites and worms), some threaten to call the attorneys. It can have side effects that are harmful and it is not known if it has any effect on the coronavirus.
He estimated that he had cared for over 100 people who died in the years since the pandemic started, including the man who threatened suicide.
ILLINOIS FAMILY PHYSICIAN – Traces misinformation back into Scripture, Nicki Minaj
Dr. Carl Lambert is often misinformed by his patients. Some come from the Bible, others from Nicki Minaj.
Some of this is the stuff of internet conspiracy theories. For example, there’s a vaccine chip that will give over their DNA.
The Chicago family physician says that it is impossible scientifically. Patients also tell him that they fear the vaccine will cause a decline in their immune system. He replies, “Immunology 101.” Vaccines help your immune system.”
He received numerous messages from patients concerned about the damage to their testicles. This rumor was traced back to a tweet by Minaj, which claimed that the vaccine causes impotence.
“And I was like, “That’s crazy.” It’s quite outrageous. So I had to do a lot of counseling that I didn’t expect.
He said that some of the misinformation was spread from the pulpit. He has received sermons from people stating that the vaccine is “ungodly” or that it contains something that will “mark you,” a reference in Revelation to the “mark of a beast” verse that some Christians cite when they don’t get vaccinated.
“There is a mix of fear and likeness… and the feeling that you might not be as faithful as you should, as a Christian.
Patients are most likely to want to wait and not be concerned about how fast the vaccine was developed. He warns them that they should not wait for a pandemic to occur. “A pandemic will triumph.”
He stated that his job is to “dismantle what people have heard”, answer their questions, and reassure them that vaccines work the same way as when they were children.
Recently, he has had some success in changing his mind. “I have had patients who, maybe four months back, said that they thought you were wasting their time. Dr. Lambert, I don’t want you to talk about it. And they’ll say, “Hey, you know? I have been following the news. I have seen some things. I believe I’m ready.
UTAH DOCTOR – Fear of side effects of vaccines, fear of death
Dr. Elizabeth Middleton often hears from COVID-19 patients that they don’t want to be vaccinated. They often mention fear of side effects. As they age, the fear of side effects becomes more real.
They have a sinking look around them. This is what’s happening to me. “I should have been vaccinated,” said the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City.
She is often told that the vaccine was too fast developed. She wonders, “Who is to judge the speed and progress of science?”
It is also frustrating to hear from patients that there is an “secret agenda” behind getting vaccines.
Patients tell her that “There must be something wrong with everyone forcing us to do it or wanting us to do so.” “I replied, “They are asking you to do this because we are in an urgent situation. It is a pandemic. It is both a national and global crisis. We are pushing it because of that.”
She says it is difficult to get through to patients and their families. She doesn’t want to upset the patient-doctor relationship with pushing vaccines too hard. People who have used ventilators for a while don’t need convincing.
They are like, “Tell everyone they need to get vaccinated. I would like to contact my family. They must be vaccinated.