At the start of the pandemic, Covid patients with very low oxygen levels were put on ventilators, the standard of care for serious respiratory illnesses. But some doctors have noticed that critically ill patients respond better to noninvasive ventilation like high-flow nasal tubes. They shared their findings with other doctors, and gentler oxygen delivery became the norm. This change in treatment saved tens of thousands of lives.
But that would have been illegal under a new bill that Democratic lawmakers have proposed in California. The legislation would require the state medical board to take action against doctors who disseminate “misinformation” related to “the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.