A New York City pediatrician spent the COVID-19 pandemic complaining online about her grueling 12-hour days in full PPE on the frontlines — only to be revealed as a school doctor with a plum 9-to-5 job, according to an explosive report.
Dr. Risa Hoshino had emerged as one of the preeminent physician influencers at the height of the pandemic, created a reputation for herself online as an expert in treating children with COVID-19 and long COVID symptoms, according to Substack blogger Sarah Beth Burwick.
But according to the report, Hoshino has been misrepresenting her job and exaggerating about working long hours in the hospital and saving coronavirus-stricken children.
Hoshino has a $170,000-a-year gig as a New York City public school pediatrician, with most of her work being done remotely, according to Burwick, who describes herself as a lawyer mom from Los Angeles.
While Hoshino reportedly often posed up in personal protection equipment and scrubs, complained about being overworked and disrespected by her patients, and used her public platform to promote mask-wearing and vaccinations, her Instagram page painted a very different picture.
On Hoshino’s IG account, the raven-haired physician was reportedly seen in bikini shots looking carefree on the beach – a far cry from the worn-out COVID doctor persona that she cultivated on Twitter.
All of Hoshino’s social media accounts have since been deleted or made private.
Other images reportedly showed the beaming doctor having maskless drinks with friends, even as she continued beating the drum about the importance of face coverings on Twitter.
“If you had to listen to crying children all day who are devastated that they may never recover from long covid, $ not being able to tell them that everything will be ok…will you still not wear a mask?” Hoshino tweeted in early March 2022.
A few weeks later, Hoshino wrote on Twitter: “Not sure how someone can tell me to my face that ‘covid is over’ as I stand there in my scrubs, N95, [and] face-shield, exhausted from treating all the covid + patients who are either severely ill or have long covid. Unless you’re us, you’ll truly never get it.”
The following day, she tweeted: “Sometimes I walk home in my scrubs [and] N95 [and] stare at the bars full of unmasked people yelling, laughing, with spit flying, no vaxx status checked, [and] no testing required. The utter contrast of my life with theirs seems so surreal. When will my time be to ‘live my life?’”
In another post on March 21, she reportedly wrote, “I just spent 12 hrs straight in a N95 mask. Was it uncomfortable? Yes. Was it annoying as hell? Yes.”
But according to the report, Hoshino’s social media account revealed that she worked remotely throughout 2020.
In the role, she was reportedly involved with public health education and acted as a liaison with pediatricians and other specialists to ensure students’ medical needs are met.
The Post has been unable to reach Hoshino for comment.