Rush Limbaugh on mask mandates: ‘Let the young and healthy go out and live their lives…spread herd immunity’

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On Monday’s show, talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh endeavored to get ahead of the liberal media’s scaremongering to effect another shut down of the economy ahead of the November election.

“You need to not go along with this idea of shutting down the entire economy again, shutting down entire states,” Limbaugh said. “What they’re not telling you is the death rate is falling. But you don’t know that, because they’re simply reporting this massive increase in cases and you’re supposed to assume every case equals a death.”

Pointing to “media irresponsibility and propaganda,” Limbaugh said an impression has been created that deaths were on the rise in Texas and in Florida, even though a fatality rate in those states is well below the national average.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a favorite target of the media, who know all too well how critical the Sunshine State will be in determining who the next president is, took to Twitter Monday to share what the media has little interest in sharing.

“Florida’s case fatality rate is 1.9%, which is much lower than other large states,” the Republican governor tweeted.

Yet, the media shrieks about record numbers and out of control spreading.

“They’re not reporting the survivability rate,” Limbaugh explained. “The answer, here: Don’t mandate closures. Don’t mandate social distancing. Don’t even mandate mask-wearing. Encourage people who are old or who have a compromised immune system to stay quarantined. Stay hidden away. Do not go out. But let the young and the healthy go out and live their lives … and spread herd immunity, because that’s ultimately — until we get therapeutics or vaccine, that’s going to be the answer to this.”

This used to be known as survival of the fittest — before the invention of the modern-day liberal, who wouldn’t last outside a month if left to their own devices.

Limbaugh also said that the number one state where COVID-19 deaths are occurring is New Jersey.

“Wait a minute, New Jersey? I don’t even hear about New Jersey on the news. New Jersey? They’re not even telling me about the number of new cases in New Jersey. All I’m hearing about is Florida and Texas,” he said.

The number two state happens to be Andrew Cuomo’s state, New York.

“New York? Why, they’re telling me New York is on the downturn. They’re telling me New York is getting better. They’re telling me no new cases in New York, right? Or it’s really trending down. All I’m hearing about is Florida. All I’m hearing about’s Texas,” Limbaugh added.

As for masks, Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, predicts a “significant” surge in the fall and another shutdown, and said we could be wearing masks for “several years.”

“There’s going to be no summertime lull with a big wave in the fall,” he said during a CNET series titled, Hacking the Apocalypse. “It’s clear that we are having a significant resurgence of cases in the summer, and they’ll get bigger. And it’ll keep going until we lock things down again.”

“I think that mask wearing and some degree of social distancing, we will be living with — hopefully living with happily — for several years,” Toner added. “It’s actually pretty straightforward. If we cover our faces, and both you and anyone you’re interacting with are wearing a mask, the risk of transmission goes way down.”

Limbaugh commented on his battle with advanced lung cancer on Monday’s program, sharing with listeners a little optimism, saying he was “very confident” of seeing “extra innings” in that fight.

This coming after an early round of treatment that he said “nearly killed” him.

“My first two at-bats were horrible,” Limbaugh said. “One was a targeted therapy of clinical trial drugs, which worked but nearly killed me in the process. And so we had to get off of those. But on my third at-bat, the third attempt, I managed to get on base. I hit a solid single and then stole second. I am currently on second base hoping to slide into third and eventually make it all the way home. We’re in the bottom of the ninth. If I get all the way home we get extra innings. And that’s what we’re shooting for here.”



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