News That Will Drive You To Drink

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(Hat tip: Secret Scissorhead @NamelessCynic)

The WaPo reports that Lord Damp Nut has decided to go for broke and embrace the medical advice from [checks notes] Fox News:

The approach’s chief proponent is Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist from Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution, who joined the White House earlier this month as a pandemic adviser…. Atlas caught Trump’s attention with a spate of Fox News appearances in recent months, and the president has found a more simpatico figure in the Stanford doctor for his push to reopen the country so he can focus on his reelection.

Herd immunity. In case you have not heard, the idea is to do absolutely nothing, let the Trump-Virus mow down the citizens, and come out at the end with enough people allegedly immune that the virus cannot spread further. The healthy cows protect the weak cows from getting the mange or whatever (and somewhere Devin Nunes bleats for help.)

So what the actual hell, CNN:

“If we’re waiting until 60% to 80% of people have it, we’re talking about 200 million-plus Americans getting this — and at a fatality rate of 1%, let’s say, that’s 2 million Americans who will die in this effort to try to get herd immunity,” [Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and CNN medical analyst] said. “Those are preventable deaths of our loved ones that we can just not let happen under our watch.”

And of course, leave it to Lord Damp Nut to get the most essential part of the discussion wrong (emphasis mine):

Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for coronavirus response, said during a media briefing in Geneva last week that “herd immunity” is typically discussed in the context of vaccinations — not as a response to a pandemic.
“Normally when we talk about herd immunity, we talk about how much of the population needs to be vaccinated to have immunity to the virus, to the pathogen, so that transmission can no longer take place or it’s very difficult for a virus or a pathogen to transmit between people,” Van Kerkhove said.

Win-win! Cruel, cheap, and he doesn’t have to lift a fat, short, orange finger. And best of all: no one named Lord Damp Nut will get it, but the rubes in the cheap seats will. It’s a Republican dream come true.

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5 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, granny’s beatin off the Injuns, er, tRump & Co, LLC, have been buying up stocks and supplies and preorders of billions of doses of promising vaccines, using taxpayer $$$, squirreling them away who knows where, for some nefarious purposes, while bragging about it, declaring a “No-share with the rest of the kids in the sandbox” policy, and threatening to continue to do so well into the future. And with no plans announced for how they will inoculate our own citizens, or at what cost.

    While all the civilized countries in the world are cooperating to one degree or another, figuring that sharing the knowledge and the info they glean can only help to advance EVERYONE’S attempts to put an end to the pandemic.

    I can almost literally FEEL their eyes upon us, and the contempt they’re projecting, those Europeans who have every right to be disgusted with us, and what we’ve allowed to happen to the late, great (no longer) United States.


    • MDavis says:

      Holy crap.
      I think the civilized cooperation you mention is a group effort to reach herd immunity at a minimum human cost. Leave it to LDN to completely miss that point in favor of profiteering. I mean, even Amazon shut down certain profiteering efforts on their site.
      As for the “last, great (no longer)” U.S. of A., I’m almost tempted to go find a MAGA hat in blue, sort of a statement of what corrodes greatness and what we should do about it.
      Almost. For private wearings. If anyone could find one made in America. Almost.


    • revzafod says:

      “Meanwhile, back at the ranch, granny’s beatin off the Injuns…”

      The way I remember it is “meanwhile, back at the oasis, the Arabs were eating their dates.”

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  2. Perturbation says:

    Yup. Back in April Trump asked Anthony Fauci, “Why don’t we just let [the Trump Virus] wash over the country?”

    I.e., I’m too utterly stupid and lazy to do anything about this, so why don’t we do nothing and say it was a plan?

    He was too stupid back then to come up with a name for his non-plan, but now they have “herd immunity.” Yeah, usually herd immunity is when you vaccinate 90-95% of a population against a disease, which provides protection for the 5-10% of the population who can’t get the vaccine due to being immunocompromised or other reasons. Here it’s just, hey everybody go get covid and it will be over!

    It sure will be over for a lot of people anyway, that’s for true.

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