An Oregon doctor who refuses to wear a face mask and compares the coronavirus to the common cold can’t practice medicine in the state anymore.
Steven LaTulippe, a family practitioner, closed his clinic in Dallas, after the state’s medical board voted Thursday to suspend his license, Portland NBC affiliate KGW reported.
At a Nov. 7 “Stop the Steal” rally, LaTulippe bragged that neither he nor his staff wore masks at clinic, defying the state’s order that health-care professionals wear face coverings while treating their patients.
“I want you to know that I never shut down during the entire COVID season. … I might scare you, but I and my staff, none of us once wore a mask in my clinic,” he told the crowd, claiming he hadn’t any problems and adding that he wanted to “expose what I call corona mania.”
He challenged others to shun masks as well, despite advice to wear them from the Centers for Disease Control and mandates in many states. So far, COVID-19 has killed nearly 280,000 Americans.
“I petition all of you to take off the mask of shame,” LaTulippe said. “It is a mask that is just designed to control you.”
Despite his anti-mask stance, LaTulippe maintained that did require his COVID-19 patients to wear face coverings, KGW reported.