Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened his Monday program with a monologue questioning the wisdom of continuing coronavirus-related lockdowns because new evidence has emerged indicating that it “wasn’t as deadly” as first hyped.
In a nod to a breaking news report from network correspondent Trace Gallagher, Carlson said the most current research indicates that a sizable portion of the population may have already had the virus and that it’s very easy to spread between humans.
That alone, he noted, exposes the lockdowns we’ve been forced to endure now for weeks — at great expense to our country, our jobs, and our economy — as unhelpful because the virus has continued to spread.
“This new evidence means the virus is far less deadly, a full order of magnitude less deadly, that authorities first told us it was. At the same time, the same research suggests the virus is incredibly easy to spread between adults,” Carlson noted.
“The coronavirus is nearly impossible to control. How do we know that? Because we haven’t managed to control it. Our national quarantine hasn’t worked in the way they told us it would. You would never know that from listening to people in charge,” he added. “Given the suffering and the disruption of these policies have caused, you’d think the people who made them and are now enforcing them would be staying up late every night double-checking their assumptions against reality. But they’re not doing that, they’re doing the opposite. They are ignoring the science because the science indicts their political judgment.”
Carlson then featured a clip of Dr. Dan Erickson, who — along with a partner — delivered a 50-minute presentation in recent days that’s been seen millions of times. In breaking down coronavirus death figures in California, the two questioned the wisdom of maintaining the current social-distancing and shutdown policies.
“We have seen 1,227 deaths in the state of California with a possible incident or prevalence of 4.7 million. That means you have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID-19 and the state of California,” Erickson said. “0.03 chance of dying from COVID and the state of California. Does that necessitate sheltering in place? Does that necessitate shutting down medical systems? Does that necessitate people being out of work?”
Apparently so. Carlson noted that the city of San Francisco’s Democratic mayor, London Breed, announced an extension of her current stay-at-home order until May 15, despite new and emerging data indicating such policies are both ineffective and ultimately unnecessary for the vast majority of the population.
Some six weeks after the first lockdown orders were implemented, “we are happy to say that curve has been a flattened, but it’s likely not because of the lockdown,” Carlson continued. “The virus just isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought it was, all of us, including on the show. Everybody thought it was, but it turned out not to be. Hospitals never collapsed. Outside a tidy number of places, they never came close to collapsing.”
But while hospitals haven’t collapsed because of the pandemic, they are collapsing due to gross underuse — which, again, is thanks to the shutdown policies. Hospitals all across the country are laying off and furloughing experienced medical staff and primary care providers, which will have a profoundly negative impact on our health care system if they are not brought back to normal operations soon.
Scores are on the verge of bankruptcy and closure, as Carlson noted as well.
“These politicians banned so-called nonessential procedures, many of which are essential. The results of this policy, and many hospitals, entire floors. Doctors and nurses are being furloughed in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “This is insanity, it weakens our health care system. Its effects will last for many years. That is all from the lockdown. So how long will we have to live with these lockdowns?”
The Fox News host went onto note that it’s senseless to follow the advice of some ‘experts’ and keep the country on lockdown until a vaccine is developed — because there may never be one, or, at least, not anytime soon.
“We spent millions of and more than a decade trying to find a vaccine for the SARS virus. Did we halt life United States? We didn’t,” he said.
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