After two California doctors who have administered more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests went viral on YouTube questioning whether coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders are truly necessary, the video streaming platform censored the pair's video, removing it.
Users who try to watch the excerpt of Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, which was watched more than 5 million times before YouTube removed it late Monday, see only a message that reads "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Terms of Service."
The excerpt showed Erickson stating that there is a "0.03 chance of dying from COVID in the state of California," before asking: "Does that necessitate sheltering in place? Does that necessitate shutting down medical systems? Does that necessitate people being out of work?"
The two physicians, who together own an urgent care center in Bakersfield, also mentioned emergency department doctors "being pressured" to list coronavirus as cause of death in reports about people who may actually have died from high blood pressure or other factors.
Another version of the hour-long video can be viewed below as of Tuesday morning: