For weeks, the medical license of an Oregon doctor who refused to wear a face mask despite an ongoing coronavirus outbreak had been revoked.
Steven LaTulippe made remarks on November 7 during a “Stop the Steal” demonstration in support of President Donald Trump outside the State Capitol in Salem.
“I want to expose what I call crown mania,” LaTulippe said in a video posted by the Multnomah County Republican Group on YouTube.
Less than a month later, on December 3, the Oregon Medical Board issued an emergency suspension after finding that LaTulippe had “behaved in an unprofessional or unfair manner,” online records show.
According to the emergency suspension, LaTulippe allegedly told a patient in July who asked for guidance on when to test for a coronavirus that asymptomatic people should not be tested and that wearing a mask would not prevent its transmission. LaTulippe instructed the patient not to divorce on her own because staying close to other people provides immunity to Covid-19, according to state body documents.
The medical committee also found that LaTulippe and colleagues were unwilling to wear a mask at the clinic and urged patients to remove their own masks. Investigators from the medical council visiting LaTulippe said there were no screening tests when they entered the site and there was no hand sanitizer in the waiting room.
As a result of these findings, the Medical Committee concluded that LaTulippe “poses a direct threat to the public and poses a serious threat to public health and safety.”
The suspension prevents LaTulippe, licensed in 2000, from practicing medicine anywhere in Oregon.
In an earlier interview with NBC, LaTulippe said he believes “bad science” supports the guideline of wearing a face mask when in contact with people outside the household.
“I have absolutely zero problems with infectivity and I have completely successful treatments, so I ask,‘ What’s the problem? “Why would they demonize if I know what I’m doing?” He said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask to reduce the spread of the virus. A November 20 report cited seven studies conducted under different circumstances that “confirmed the benefits of universal masking in community-level analyzes.”
While the doctor refused to wear a facial mask, LaTulippe said earlier he had asked patients who think they have Covid-19 or show symptoms of the virus.
He said he established the protocol by which he visited these patients during the day after his other patients left and treated them in a back room that would be disinfected before and after their visit.
“I am very interested in sound medical practice and good science,” he said. “And when science and medicine spoil corrupt politics, I got into a fight, and that made me go to this demonstration and say what I said.”