FAKE NEWS: New York Times Admits It Made Up Story About ER Doctor Dying from Coronavirus

Back in April of this year, The New York Times published a story about a young ER doctor in New York City who ended up contracting the coronavirus himself and succumbed to the virus and died.

"Later in the day, a co-worker pulls me off to the side. A resident at another New York City training program died from coronavirus this week, she whispers. I search the internet for any news articles about this and find nothing. Maybe it’s a rumor, I tell myself before falling sleep that night."

"The next morning, I see the posts on Twitter. He was only 26. By the evening, I’ve received texts about him and another resident. Apparently, a second trainee is dead."

"On Twitter, I see that a Detroit-area oral-surgery resident has died. His name and photo are in the tweet. “Christopher Firlit.” I say his name out loud; I look at his photo. I want to honor his death. I want people to know; I don’t want these doctors to die in anonymity. Eventually, I put my phone away. Then I think back to my own resident’s question: What would happen if they need to be put on ventilators?"

Well, as it turns out that story was completely fake.

The New York Times has even admitted just this week that the doctor didn't die, nor did he have coronavirus.

“An earlier version of this article described an account that circulated among doctors in April about a 26-year-old medical resident training in New York who was said to have died of Covid-19 in a New York City hospital. This account was verified with sources involved in the patient's care, but further reporting after publication revealed that it was apparently a case of mistaken identity. According to a spokeswoman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, a 26-year-old man who died from complications related to the coronavirus had the same name as a young medical resident at a different hospital. Health workers involved in the patient's treatment mistakenly believed that he was a medical resident, but ACEP said it had subsequently confirmed that it was not the same man, and that the medical resident with that name was healthy.”

Washington Examiner

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