Pro-Trump Christian radio host Frank Sontag, who mocked people who feared the coronavirus on March 9 as the death toll passed 4,000. sarcastically tried to lecture an emergency room nurse who called in to KKLA on April 7 about the lack of medical masks in her Los Angeles- area hospital.
Sontag, who went on to mangle a story about another nurse on the same broadcast, was skeptical when this nurse, Jasmine, told him that her hospital was only giving nurses one N95 mask per shift, which can be as long as 12 hours.
Jasmine described how it has been a “real struggle” to get additional masks, and that nurses have had to try to find them on their own.
Jasmine said that she didn’t know if the hospital was not getting masks from the government or was keeping some in reserve for another possible widespread medical emergency.
Sontag — who lacks a medical background — lectured Jasmine about various companies manufacturing masks that will be “distributed in the immediate future” and then added sarcastically: “You do understand that, right?”
Sontag interrupted Jasmine’s reply, and then questioned why nurses need more than one mask.
Jasmine explained to Sontag that the N95 masks are for a one-time use, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She explained how the masks get damaged when they lack a proper seal and how they become moist simply by breathing into them for a few hours.
After getting schooled on the N95 masks and CDC guidelines, Sontag sarcastically responded: “You do know that you do not speak for the majority of hospitals?”
After displaying his painful ignorance about N95 masks, Sontag claimed he had an unnamed friend who worked at an unnamed hospital, which supposedly doesn’t have a mask shortage (like so many hospitals do).
Sontag also claimed that there was “misinformation” out there, and advised Jasmine to tell her hospital administrators about the lack of medical masks (which they no doubt already know about).
Sontag claimed that medical masks were not being hoarded, and then suggested Jasmine was proposing a conspiracy theory, which she never did.