IMPERIAL COUNTY — Leading up to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Imperial County Medical Society issued a press release regarding an item on the agenda where Dr. George Fareed and Dr. Brian Tyson are expected to speak on their experience with alternative COVID-19 treatments and protocol.
The Imperial County Medical Society, a component medical society of the California Medical Association, continues to reinforce that prevention and treatment of COVID-19 must follow the science. Vaccines, masking, and social distancing are proven tools of prevention, and continue to be the most effective defense against COVID-19, according to the press release.
The release also states, information that suggests deviations from the known science creates tremendous risk to the community. A recent study by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security estimated that false or misleading information continues to inflict between $50 million and $300 million in total harm to the nation every day since May 2021, when vaccines to prevent COVID-19 became widely available.
“Ultimately, we cannot measure the pain suffered by the families and friends of those who have died or bring back the 788 people who died from COVID in our county,” the release states.
“The Imperial County Board of Supervisors should not contribute to the dissemination of false or misleading information by legitimizing unproven treatments. We urge the Imperial County Board of Supervisors not to use board meetings as a platform to publicize information on COVID treatments that have not received an emergency use authorization or received full FDA approval. We also call upon our Board of Supervisors to be stewards of the science by promoting COVID vaccination and masking, which have proven to be effective at reducing COVID hospitalizations and deaths,” as stated in the press release.