ASRM Statement on COVID-19 Prevalence Decries Accusations of Physicians Inflating Numbers

Statement attributable to Hugh Taylor, MD, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

“The American Society for Reproductive Medicine resoundingly rejects the baseless accusations made by political candidates that physicians and others are exaggerating the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

We are deeply troubled by accusations, presented in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that physicians, including those at the CDC and other public health agencies, are lying about the number of COVID-19 cases. Such remarks, which are at best insulting, and at worst, life-endangering, do little but stoke baseless fear and call into question the ethics of the very healthcare community that has worked tirelessly, day in and day out, to save and protect the lives of those affected by this deadly disease.

The only way to beat this, or any other disease, is to carefully collect and examine data, not to irresponsibly go after experts because the facts on the ground do not suit a political agenda. As physicians, our duty to provide care knows no political boundaries.

We hope that those running political campaigns will share our commitment to prioritizing evidence-based practices and health and safety over political and personal gain.”

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