St. Louis health director tells staff to ignore COVID-19 ‘crazy frills’ in email: report

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dr. Faisal Khan, the acting health director in St. Louis County, was criticized after an email came out in which he mentioned opponents of COVID-19 restrictions “a crazy edge,” according to a report.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that it received Khan’s email to department staff on Tuesday. His email praised workers for their efforts during the pandemic, urging them to “ignore the crazy margins that exist in any society.”

“They were there a hundred years ago and will probably be around 100 years in the future,” he wrote, according to the report. “They are irrelevant fools.”


Khan, who frowned when he gave the middle finger to anti-mask protesters last summer, did not respond to an after-hours email from Fox News asking for comment. His comments were picked up by politicians in the state who found them offensive.

dr. Bob Onder, a Republican senator who is also a doctor, called Khan via email. He quoted the comments on Twitter, posting: “Here’s what unlicensed Faisal Khan thinks about the people who pay his salary.”

The postal delivery reported that mask mandates are currently being challenged by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and the matter is controversial in the state. Last summer, Khan accused several members of the council meeting of interrupting him and making racist remarks.


Khan’s email was shared to the media by Councilman Tim Fitch, a Republican who voted against the mask requirements. On Wednesday, it was circulated online by critics of public health measures.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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