The thing about Dr. Birx is I don’t even give a shit about how she handled the ridiculous disinfectant comment Trump made. She definitely handled it badly, but in that moment, I can almost forgive her in light of the pure ridiculousness out of the comment.
Dr. Deborah Birx, a respected physician and experienced diplomat who seemingly serves as a voice of reason in her role as coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, raised a lot of eyebrows on Thursday with her effusive praise of President Donald Trump as “attentive to the scientific literature and the details” during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“He’s been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data,” Birx said. “I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.”
Fuck right off Birx. May you hang your head in shame, nestled in your Hermes’ scarf for the rest of your days for trying to prop up such a con artist. Trump can’t even spell scientific literature, much less pay attention to it.
But here’s one more study, published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 5, to add to the growing pile of evidence out there. Examining county-level data from March 1 to December 31, researchers found mask mandates were linked to decreases in daily infections and death growth rates within 20 days. The data also showed that reopening restaurants for on-premises dining was followed by a rise in infections and deaths six to 11 weeks later, especially when mask mandates weren’t in place.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.
The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.
We have ramped up vaccinations to an astounding level, and with the Johnson and Johnson/Merck agreement, will be ahead of schedule. But the GOP is doing everything in its power to get as many citizens sick or killed as humanly possible. Opening up 100% is crazy, but removing mask mandates is just plain homicidal.
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Frederick Douglass, the mighty abolitionist, was the single most photographed person in the United States during the nineteenth century. Here's how he might've looked in motion. Brace yourself and press play. pic.twitter.com/HOxDK7jGyh