They’re baaaaaaaaaack! COVID-19 fears are back and on the rise, stoked by the fraidycat media and “I’m in charge” politicians hungry for camera time.
The question is whether the American people will go along this time. The fearmongers of COVID-19 can cry wolf only a few dozen times before we stop heeding their empty wails.
This time around, more of us are aware of the contradictions, some hypocritical and others nonsensical. Consider:
The arrival of the new Omicron variant, arguably, may be a good thing: a strain that spreads widely (since it was first detected three weeks ago, it has spread to 89 countries) so that more of us gain natural immunity, yet while killing almost none of us thus far.
Yet we hear ominous warnings and forecasts of dread. New York Times: “Omicron Threatens Red America.” The Economist: “Omicron’s astonishing speed has grave consequences.” Bloomberg: “Omicron upends New York, even as delta lingers.”
The vax crusaders are pressing for vaccinations among even people who contracted the WuFlu, then recovered and are brimming with antibodies against it. Comply and conform.
This, despite the largest study so far, in Israel, showing that people who got the Pfizer shot were 13 times more likely to get COVID-19 later, compared with people who already had contracted it.
New York City is back in full-on restrictions, with the lame-duck Mayor Bill DeBlasio ordering a renewed mask mandate in all public places — even for those of us who already have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If we must bow to the same regimen that is imposed on the Great Unvaxed, why did I agree to receive a Moderna shot of 40 trillionmRNA molecules that my body never would have encountered otherwise? Twice, no less.
The newly anointed New York Gov. Kathy Hochul just imposed an order requiring all private employers in the state to force their workers to be vaccinated, even though the vaxed have been spreading COVID, too. Drastic, draconian stuff — this must be a real crisis, right?
Nope. In the Big Apple, densely populated with 8.4 million spreaders, how many new COVID-19 cases per day are being admitted into hospitals? A mere 43 — down from more than 1,600 per day when the first outbreak occurred in early 2020.
The pressure is on now to require the COVID vaccines to be administered to all children in the U.S. To protect them! Yet of 74 million kids under age 18, only 500 or so children have died since the pandemic erupted in January 2020; more kids die each year of the old flu.
So, vaccinating children really is aimed at protecting adults rather than the kids themselves — and this means vaccinated adults, because the last thing any vax fascist would want to do is make it easier for the Great Unvaxed to stay that way.
Inoculating all children with new RNA technology never before tried on a large scale in human beings, much less kids — to protect vaccinated adults. Selfish much?
First we were told the new vaccines had 95% effectiveness …. which then fell to 65% … which then retreated to “take this vaccine so, if you do get COVID, your symptoms will be less severe.” Now we are at: take a third shot for extra “protection,” and Pfizer says a fourth jab may be needed.
Already, a kind of snide and castigating tone is emerging in those who proudly get a third COVID dose. This would include my daughter, a nursing student who, in her visit home for Thanksgiving, gamely got a third jab.
She flew down with me to South Florida on Sunday to visit family for the holidays. In preparation, this text exchange unfolded, which I have sifted down and freed of typos:
Daughter: “Yeah omicron is insane right now”
“I’m def going to be all about the mask”
Me: “It is overdone honey.”
“1 death worldwide.”
Daughter: “I don’t care”
“I will do what I plz with my mask wearing”
Me: “Nyc 8.4 million people. Daily COVID hospitalizations: 43.”
Daughter: “Whatever I have my booster u don’t”
Bam! She totally played the third-vax card. Man, that was cold.
Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York, after six years as anchor at CNBC and Fox Business Network and 25 years at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He helped write "The Trump Century: How Our President Changed the Course of History," by Lou Dobbs, published in September 2020 by HarperCollins. Read Dennis Kneale's reports — More Here.
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