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Despite early warnings from Dr. Anthony Fauci and nonstop fear-mongering from the establishment press, Georgia’s grand reopening appears to be a success, with the southern state now reporting the lowest number of hospitalized coronavirus patients and ventilator usage since it began tracking them in early April.
“Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th. Today also marks the lowest total of ventilators in use (897 with 1,945 available),” oft-maligned Georgia Gov. Georgia Kemp, a Republican, announced Saturday.
Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th.
Today also marks the lowest total of ventilators in use (897 with 1,945 available).
We will win this fight together! pic.twitter.com/byxACEiQCp
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 9, 2020
“Not only has the virus curve flattened in the Peach State. Data from the last 14 days show a welcome trend of declining new cases & deaths. And GA even has an answer for the crowd that demands more testing before unlocking liberty.” https://t.co/Uh99W3dzca #gapol
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) May 9, 2020
These results stand in stark contrast to what Fauci had predicted prior to the state’s grand reopening in late April.
“[I]f I were advising the governor, I would tell him that he should be careful and I would advise him not to just turn the switch on and go, because there is a danger of a rebound,” he said during an April 22nd briefing when pressed about Georgia’s then-impending reopening.
“And I know there’s that desire to move ahead quickly. That’s a natural human nature desire, but going ahead and leapfrogging into phases where you should not be, I would advise him as a health official and as a physician not to do that.”
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These results stand in even starker contrast to the continued dishonest fear-mongering from the left-wing establishment press, which has sought to literally portray the Georgia governor as a veritable murderer intent on human sacrifice.
“Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice,” an alarm headline from The Atlantic reads.
“Public-health officials broadly agree that reopening businesses—especially those that require close physical contact—in places where the virus has already spread will kill people,” the piece itself reads.
But those public-health experts appear to have been wrong.
The Atlantic’s article was published on April 29th, five days after Georgia’s reopening began. Weeks later, this sort of fear-mongering continues unabated.
To bolster their narrative, the media have begun highlighting the number of rising cases in Georgia, while neglecting to mention that rising cases are to be expected as the country as a whole slowly begins testing more and more Americans.
Even Nate Silver, a widely recognized statistician and special correspondent for ABC News who’s anything but “right-wing,” has recognized the duplicity of such reports.
In a tweet posted last week, he rightly noted that “[n]ot providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it’s revealing about the media’s goals.”
Not providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it’s revealing about the media’s goals. It’s more interested in telling plausibly-true stories (“narratives”) that sound smart to its audience than in accuracy/truth per se. https://t.co/abYbgkVFbj
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 7, 2020
Yet the media continue unabated with their attacks and predictions.
Since Georgia began reopening businesses, the state’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed 1,000—and a CDC-approved model predicts the state’s COVID-19 deaths will double by August https://t.co/ccQJRZ6nlI by @iamsternlicht pic.twitter.com/rQUrtSM4tA
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 3, 2020
“Governors in Georgia, Texas, Iowa and elsewhere have been praised by Trump as they ignored recommendations from doctors and health officials in their states to begin phased reopenings.”
They’re putting politics over our lives. https://t.co/Sm4Y6L9Nt5
— Swing Left (@swingleft) May 9, 2020
If Georgians return to “business as usual,” the state could see an additional 25,000 coronavirus-related fatalities by the end of June, a study from @GeorgiaTech researchers found.https://t.co/Us1H8tXjt7
— WABE News (@wabenews) May 2, 2020
It’s very simple: reopen too early and more people will DIE.🤬https://t.co/0NRQ6zAlAR
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) May 7, 2020
But don’t worry.
A few people make some money for a week or two. https://t.co/6UqWRyPnB0
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) May 7, 2020
Meanwhile, minimal attention has been paid to New York, which, though it features some of the tightest lockdown measures in the country, also boasts the worst outbreak of the deadly coronavirus — particularly among its beleaguered nursing homes.
And this limited coverage exists despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, being responsible for the catastrophe among the state’s nursing homes.
According to multiple investigations, their health officials took no action after being warned that a nursing home was being overwhelmed and needed some patients to be transferred elsewhere
Worse, Cuomo reportedly instituted a directive requiring nursing homes to accept new patients, even if they were infected with the coronavirus.
It’s not clear when the media will, if ever, begin accusing him of trying to commit human sacrifice …
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