Happy Hour News Briefs
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.