By Sandra Rose  | 

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A top emergency room doctor who pushed for COVID restrictions, masks and lock downs during the pandemic now admits he was wrong.

Dr. Joseph Fraiman, an emergency room physician in New Orleans, Louisiana, apologized to doctors who criticized face masks, lockdowns and other policies to combat COVID in 2020.

In a Zoom session, Dr. Fraiman said:

"Personally, I would like to apologize to the three other scientists sitting with me here on Zoom... I'm sorry, because I believe now you guys were correct. And you were correct from the beginning."

He continued:

"These policies were harmful. Initially, I was - I don't want to say I was ignorant but it was irrelevant because there were lives on the line, I'm an emergency doctor. There were lives on the line. No, we have to do it. But if the policies didn't make a big difference and they only caused harm then you have to start rethinking what we're doing,"

Dr. Fraiman called on other doctors to admit they were wrong about "harmful" COVID policies.

"The reality is hospitalizations and deaths were not reduced by 20% by any policies," Fraiman said.

"Because if they were we would have had studies at this point that would have consistently identified that. And that just has not occurred at all. So, I think as a society we have to decide if we want to continue a public policy that's obviously producing large harm and offering only a minimal benefit at best. It's currently unmeasurable."

One doctor on Twitter agreed that lock downs were unnecessary:

"I also have to count myself as a Dr who at the beginning, thought that the lock-downs were necessary to save lives, but now think they did far more harm than good, and actively speak out against them."

Twitter responded to Dr. Fraiman's apology: