California trauma surgeon Dr. Michael DeBoisblanc finds himself out of a job after questioning the wisdom of a stay-at-home order in effect in Contra Costa County, CA, as the country battles COVID-19. When approached by a group of parents advocating for the reopening of schools, Dr. DeBoisblanc, along with his colleagues, Dr. Pete Mazolewski and Dr. Brian Hopkins, penned a letter to the county’s health officials. In the letter, the doctors inquire about the rationale behind the decision to keep children from going to school.
Dr. DeBoisblanc told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, “All the data that I am aware of, looking at children and the virus, shows that it’s safe.” He added, “There are many other states now that have months of track records showing that it’s safe for their kids to go back to school. And the state of California and the county is just not making that possible.” He went on to say that the PCR tests being used by the county to diagnose COVID-19 cases have a false positive rate of anywhere from 1-4%. The doctor explains that with increased testing, the false positive rate alone would be enough to elevate Contra Costa County to the highest and most restrictive tier of lockdowns, keeping schools closed indefinitely.
In the letter to health officials, the doctor points out that the science indicates that children are indeed suffering more being at home than at school, stating, “The science is clear that more lockdowns lead to much more non-COVID morbidity and mortality.” Dr. DeBoisblanc’s statements lend credence to a recent study from the UK, indicating a troubling rise in mental health issues among children being forced to stay home for months. His letter goes on to question continued closures of small businesses and restaurants, explaining that these establishments are “just trying to survive.”
Within a week of the correspondence, Dr. DeBoisblanc was fired from his position at John Muir Health. When asked for comment, the hospital released the following statement: “The doctor is employed through an outside contract … and after careful consideration, John Muir Health is not continuing with Dr. deBoisblanc in that position.”