My cmnt: I edited this down for brevity. Here’s the original column. The bottom line is this: Lockdowns are counter productive and in point of fact destructive. Never again! As I’ve noted in other columns on this site: You quarantine the very elderly, the nursing homes, and those with dangerous comorbidities. You do NOT quarantine the healthy (i.e., those with very little danger of serious illness or death, which is 90% of the population.)
I know some of you didn’t like my initial piece about the lockdowns. All I can say is that I was going with that the “experts” were saying at the time. The market was tanking. There was no real recourse, and then there were key reversals regarding the virus and the George Floyd rioting began. Some of you knew this was a crock from the get-go. After weeks of being told to stay inside, not be selfish, and prevent medical workers from being overrun, it was suddenly okay to go outside and riot over the officer-involved death of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. If these so-called experts could flip like that, then this virus was never a big deal from the start. We went from ‘stay inside and save lives’ to ‘what are you doing inside—go out and protest.’ Silence is violence, remember? It cannot be both. And in mere days the credibility behind the lockdowns was nuked by the very people pushing them. That’s our medical expert class, which has been infected by political wokeness. I’m done. The lockdowns are obviously over. this virus spreading on surfaces has been tweaked, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the mortality rate doesn’t make this virus more lethal than the seasonal flu. Almost half of all deaths from this virus are from nursing homes.
I’m reborn hardcore. The “Matt” who supported the lockdowns was evil. He’s dead. I killed him and chopped him up a la Richie Aprile in The Sopranos. Don’t eat at Satriale’s Pork Store for a bit. I’m done with the medical experts. If they didn’t know, which is obviously the case, then say that. Don’t lock us up, which gave Democratic governors the ability to arbitrarily enact draconian measures. It’s nonsense. And with every passing day, more data shows that this virus was overblown. After the Floyd riots, there were spikes in areas, where, shocker—protest activity was high. Yes, this virus is real and it’s still contagious, but death rates have not spiked to April highs. If that’s the case, I couldn’t care less about all these new cases that the media is peddling in their panic porn addiction. It’s over, clowns. The lockdowns are done. And the best part is that once the nationwide unrest, rioting, and protests were dying down, you knew the media was going to pivot and say we had to go back inside. Nope. We’re not going back inside. It’s become quite clear that the medical class who excused the non-social distancing rioting over Floyd is more concerned with their progressive bias than actual advice. In short, the medical experts are now no better than the clowns we see daily on CNN and MSNBC bashing Trump.
And as more data trickles in, the more studies are showing that lockdowns actually hurt this nation more than it benefited from them. In fact, like the CDC study on this virus’s mortality rate, it totally undercuts why we even had to stay home in the first place.
Guess again. That “spike” yesterday includes more than 600 backdated NYC cases, most from three weeks or more ago. In reality deaths dropped again week over week (about 25%). https://t.co/6tiJfPEGB9— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 1, 2020
LA is doing fine:
-City hospitals have fewer C+ patients today than 6/8
-Total patients >10% below 2019 level
– Available beds/ICU beds remain similar to all of June, actually more than mid-month
-Private hospitals flattish too, until yday which looks like outlier data pic.twitter.com/qyt4jj20wU— BugsBunny (@theroyalbunny) July 1, 2020
Yeah, it’s conclusive. It’s time to re-open America—hardcore. Just don’t go into nursing homes. If you’re diabetic, fighting cancer, had an organ transplant, or are over the age of 80, maybe you should stay inside. These lockdowns are more destructive than the virus itself it would seem. Ignore CNN. Ignore the panic porn. We’re going to continue re-opening. And maybe this outbreak wouldn’t be as horrific if people, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, didn’t force nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. Call him the grim reaper because that policy killed thousands, the opposite of protecting the most vulnerable, which the media refuses to question on a regular basis. I wonder why? (sarc.)
Also, the death toll from COVID has dropped 90 percent since those April highs, but CNN/MSNBC will never tell you that.