From the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has recklessly spread disinformation that has cost people their lives. Echoing Donald Trump, they have belittled the risks, prescribed quack cures, and generally dissuaded people from taking common sense precautions like wearing face masks and getting vaccinated. As a resulted the nation is now suffering from the Fox News Pandemic.
On Monday morning California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide mandate for all eligible children to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person schooling once there is a full FDA approval. This is a practical step aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus and saving lives. So naturally, Fox News is virulently opposed to it. And within minutes of the announcement Fox contributor Lisa Boothe tweeted her knee-jerk response:
This is sick. These students have an almost 100% chance of survival agains COVID.
Newsom sets COVID vaccine mandate across California schools – Los Angeles Times https://t.co/AGYaxzSs9f
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) October 1, 2021
Boothe’s claim that “students have an almost 100% chance of survival” is both false and grossly insensitive. While the rate of serious illness in children is lower than for adults adults, it is not 0%. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics there were 243,373 new cases among kids over the past week, a 240% increase since early July. Children made up to 4% of patients who were hospitalized for Covid-19. And the CDC has reported 523 deaths among people younger than 18 in the United States.
You have to wonder what Boothe considers to be an acceptable number of child deaths. And Boothe doesn’t bother to address the fact that there are often health problems that persist for weeks and months in patients who survive. What’s more, even children who are asymptomatic can transmit the virus to their parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and innumerable others with whom they come into contact. Many of those adults could suffer more severe consequences.
It’s notable that Fox News hosts, contributors, and guests, regularly condemn any efforts to mandate vaccinations or testing regimens. However, they also neglect to disclose to their viewers the corporate policy at Fox that requires all employees to report their vaccination status and, if unvaccinated, to submit to daily testing.
So the policy that Gov. Newsom is implementing is not much different than the one that Boothe, and all of her Fox News confederates, are required to abide by. It is also not much different than the current school policy that already mandates vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and others. Which only affirms the rank hypocrisy of Boothe and all the other Fox News “doctors” feigning outrage, while giving dangerous and ignorant advice to their dimwitted viewers.
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