September 17, 2021
National File obtained a leaked recording of a Zoom meeting between doctors and a marketing director at Novant Heath New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a group of 20 hospitals, clinics, and offices that treat patients in North and South Carolina. It reveals a doctor urging the clinics to be “more scary to the public” about getting vaccinated. She suggests inflating the numbers of COVID-19 patients by counting those who have already recovered and using messaging that falsely implies that “If you don’t get vaccinated, you know you’re going to die.” She added, “I mean let’s just be really blunt with these people.”
After it became public, the hospital released a statement asserting that the suggestion was not taken. But it already made an impact. It's scared the public, only in the opposite way intended. To be really blunt, it increased people’s fear of believing what they’re told by health authorities. So nice job, doc.