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Doctor in leaked video says hospital's COVID-19 messaging should be 'more scary for the public'


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'You don't get vaccinated, you know you're gonna die'

A doctor in a leaked video told colleagues that their North Carolina hospital's COVID-19 messaging needs to be "more scary for the public" — and even should go so far as to tell people "you don't get vaccinated, you know you're gonna die."

Dr. Mary Rudyk also proposed to colleagues in the Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center internal video that "post-COVID" patients — those who test negative for the virus after initially testing positive — should be included in the hospital's COVID-19 case count, WECT-TV reported.

What are the details?

The leaked video starts with Carolyn Fisher, director of marketing, going over what information the Wilmington hospital provides in regard to COVID-19 numbers — and mentioning the percentage of unvaccinated hospitalizations, the station said.

Rudyk — who previously served as NHRMC's chief of medical staff, WECT noted — then said the hospital's COVID-19 messaging needs to be "completely a little bit more scary for the public."

Rudyk also asked how the hospital could include "post-COVID" patients in its overall COVID-19 case count: "I think those are important numbers — the patients that are ... off the COVID floor but still are occupying the hospital for a variety of reasons."


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