Health and Medicine

Some public health officials are resigning amid threats during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Cheri Mossburg, Theresa Waldrop and Naomi Thomas


During a live public briefing on Facebook last month, “someone very casually suggested” the Los Angeles County’s public health director should be shot, the director said.

“I didn’t immediately see the message, but my husband did, my children did, and so did my colleagues,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Monday in a statement.

It’s just one of the many threats of violence public health workers are facing across the nation “on a regular basis” as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, Ferrer said.


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