UPDATED: Clarification on statements made regarding COVID-19 by Dr. Roger Hodkinson
November 20, 2020 | Author: Royal College Staff 1 MIN READ
On November 19, 2020 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) was made aware of statements regarding COVID-19 by a Royal College Fellow, Dr. Roger Hodkinson. Although Dr. Hodkinson has never made the claim, in some online references, Dr. Hodkinson is being incorrectly identified as a chair/past-chair of the Royal College.
We would like to clarify that Dr. Hodkinson is not nor has ever held the position of chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
We can confirm that Dr. Roger Hodkinson was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a general pathologist in 1976.
The Royal College believes COVID-19 presents a serious threat to the health of Canadians. The Royal College strongly supports all public health advice given by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, including recommendations to practise physical distancing and to wear masks to help prevent COVID-19 transmission. We are very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of our Royal College Fellows, residents and all front-line health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Pathologist falsely claims COVID-19 is a hoax, no worse than the flu
By ARIJETA LAJKA
December 3, 2020
CLAIM: COVID-19 is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated” and “just another bad flu.” Roger Hodkinson, a pathologist who identifies himself as the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee in Pathology, made the comments by phone during a public meeting in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Not only is COVID-19 deadlier than the flu, but symptoms can be long-lasting, according to medical experts. Some online posts referred to Hodkinson as a former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Hodkinson has never been chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the group said.
THE FACTS: On Nov. 13, while city councilors in Edmonton met to discuss extending the law that requires people to wear face coverings in public places, listeners phoned in to oppose the mandate. Among them was a caller who introduced himself as Hodkinson.
“There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians,” said Hodkinson, identifying himself as the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee in Pathology and the CEO of a biotech company in North Carolina that sells COVID-19 tests. He went on to call COVID-19 “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public…”
Hodkinson called COVID-19 just “another bad flu” and said “masks were utterly useless,” also claiming that “there is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever.”
But health officials widely agree that the coronavirus is much more dangerous than the flu.
“This [COVID-19] is very different from influenza, much higher mortality, much higher morbidity if you survive it,” said Dr. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, a professor of infectious diseases at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. “There’s no sort of long-lasting effects of influenza either. It’s a completely wrong assertion.”
Hodkinson’s claim that masks are “useless” is false. Studies show that masks work to slow the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long advised people to wear masks. In November, the CDC said that masks can also protect wearers who are not infected.
What does Dr. Roger Hodkinson have to say about the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Mass Male Infertility caused by vaccines
Vaccinating children is absolutely obscene
Contrast between vaccinations and other forms of therapies
The roulette game of life
Politics playing medicine
Fauci is corrupt an (sic) he is lying
We’re killing people