By: Sharon Aron Baron
The COVID-19 virus is either bringing out the best — or the worst in humanity and arguments on social media appear to bring out the latter.
With more time to spend online than ever with people working at home — or with nothing else to do, one Tamarac doctor told a user “Hope you get infected” after disagreeing with her in a post.
Dr. Eric Ciliberti, an ophthalmologist who practices in Tamarac, Plantation, and Delray Beach, got into a heated argument with others online.
According to Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Michele Lazarow, a friend of hers posted about everyone should all come together to fight this —- and not about party. Someone then posted that he should tell his president as well as Devin Nunes.
Lazarow then wrote something in support of that comment, which criticized the president’s response to this crisis. Dr. Ciliberti, who Lazarow never met, nor does he know her, wrote: “Only a Democrat would draw politics into a catastrophic world health crisis. I hope you get infected.”
Our source, who didn’t want to be named, said he thought it was a disgrace when a medical professional states that he hopes someone gets infected.
Lazarow left the conversation and said, that while she understands people are very emotional at this time, doctors above all others, should be examples of ethical integrity and strength — taking a Hippocratic oath to “first do no harm.”
“This statement seems to be in direct opposition to that,” she said.
We reached out to Dr. Ciliberti to ask for his response and have not heard back.
Lazarow said, “Regardless of how incendiary a comment I may have made, a Facebook disagreement should not have elicited such recklessness.”