Karol Markowicz wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week that “Covid suddenly seems funny and cool now all the right people have it.” Unfortunately, this claim is true.
Another fallacy was exposed by the latest outbreaks in the liberal Northeast. COVID-19 is a red-state phenomenon. Washington, D.C., the epicenter of the pandemic, now has nearly 200 COVID patients per 100,000 residents, a 500% increase in the past two weeks. This is more than the 20 or so cases in right-leaning Mississippi and Alabama, respectively, which have less than 100.
Additional areas experiencing significant increases in cases include Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. These are all blue states for what it is worth. The omicron wave ends the left-wing nonsense that coronavirus is fuelled by Republican opposition to school closures and draconian mandates.
Muriel Bowser, the embattled D.C. mayor, is too zealous about edicts. Yet the omicron flood has struck the capital at a time of winter’s arrival. This simply means that the Northeast and upper Midwest are especially vulnerable due to COVID’s seasonal nature. An omniscient government can’t contain it. Delta slammed the Southeast several months ago, and now omicron is roaring through North.
For hyper-partisan blatherskites such as Paul Krugman (New York Times columnist), a crass partisan opportunity is the preferred game.
Krugman stated that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has “effectively acted as an alligator of the coronavirus” and is leading a “death-cult.”
DeSantis, and other Texas Governors. Greg Abbott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Greg Abbott are not anti-vaccine. However, they oppose vaccine passports and mandates. It is absurd to suppose that their states would have been spared from the delta variant with other policies.
In the United States, the coronavirus was at its peak in November 2001. There were approximately 25 million cases. Now there are 50 million.
The willingness to allow individuals to make their own decisions about the virus doesn’t make a politician responsible if a highly transmissible variant hits their state during the holiday period.
DeSantis clarified that the pandemic is not over and that vaccines or treatments are the best defense against it.