CNN host Chris Cuomo launched into an unhinged rant against White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas over his criticisms of state and federal officials advising Americans not to celebrate Thanksgiving because of spikes in the virus.
“This isn’t [Dr. Anthony] Fauci’s fight. The science is obvious. This is about [President Donald] Trump and the Trumpers,” Cuomo said, his voice rising. “He’s gonna have his main health guy stand up and say fight back against the regulations that keep you safe? Listen to him, I’m not making it up.”
Cuomo then played a clip of Atlas during an earlier interview on Fox News in which he repeated an argument the president and other health experts have made — that perpetual lockdowns have deleterious health effects of their own, especially on older Americans.
“And this kind of isolation is one of the unspoken tragedies of the elderly who are now being told, ‘Don’t see your family at Thanksgiving,’” Atlas told host Martha MacCallum. “For many people, this is their final Thanksgiving, believe it or not. What are we doing here?”
Cuomo reacted angrily to the clip.
“What the hell are you doing here? Yeah, it could be their last Thanksgiving if you expose them to people who aren’t wearing masks, who aren’t socially distancing, and haven’t been doing so, and haven’t gotten tested ‘cause they somehow think they don’t wanna get in on the con of COVID,” he railed.
“You know, you wanna hide on state news, you do it,” Cuomo continued, before appearing to threaten Atlas, which is typical of the CNN host’s behavior.
“But someday, you’re gonna have to deal with real questions. And you’re gonna come on the show, you’re gonna do it, but you know what, we may go back to old school and maybe the questions will come find you,” Cuomo said. “Maybe when you’re living your life nice and easy, ‘cause you don’t have the concerns that these same people that you’re telling to rise up, that they have. Maybe the questions will come and find you. ‘Cause you have to answer for that kind of guidance, let alone as a doctor.”
The rant comes as governors around the country reissue lockdown orders and mask mandates amid spiking coronavirus cases in their states.
But to Atlas’ point — and in pushback to Cuomo’s questioning of Atlas’ medical credentials — health experts have been warning for months about adverse, little-discussed effects of perpetual lockdowns.
In April, for instance, Dr. Roger McIntyre, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network in Toronto, noted a dramatic spike in prescriptions for insomnia, anti-depressants, and anxiety.
He said at the time he anticipated a full-blown mental health crisis if lockdowns continued for months (which they did in many parts of the country).
“This is the greatest threat on our mental health in our lifetime. A combustible mix of fear, insecurity, and quarantine,” he said. ”We’re very concerned about an increase in suicide, depression, stress and alcoholism [but] with the appropriate social, medical, and individual response we can prevent the [mental health] curve.”
NBC News reported that same month police departments around the country were responding to an increasing number of domestic violence calls as well.
And it wasn’t just the lockdowns causing the violence.
“The financial stress alone creates a ticking time bomb for some families with a history of domestic violence,” Steve Mueller, sheriff of Cherokee County, South Carolina, told NBC News.
In August, doctors in Denver reported they had seen a dramatic spike in at-home cardiac arrests because people with coronary artery disease and other heart ailments were not seeking care because of lockdowns.
“Hospitals have also reported a significant drop in admissions for other serious conditions, and even urgent referrals between hospitals have dissipated. This is a side effect of hysterical media reports and politicians overextending their reach of power. By overhyping the threat of this virus, they are compelling people to avoid seeking out urgent emergency services,” Brad Slager of Townhall wrote.
In September, actor Chuck Norris noted in a column that studies conducted throughout the pandemic have shown a steadily worsening mental health crisis.
“The deadly pandemic and its economic consequences have been accompanied by an unprecedented increase in mental illness in the United States,” a Boston University School of Public Health study concluded, Norris noted.