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FLASHBACK: NYC Health Commissioner Said Coronavirus Risk Was “Low” Last Month

Here’s a leader who truly underestimated the virus.

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Resurfacing footage of New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot discussing the threat of Chinese coronavirus in early February all but establishes that city authorities gravely underestimated the threat of the virus.

In the footage, Barbot describes the risk to the public from the coronavirus as “low.” She tells New Yorkers that there’s no reason to avoid the subways, public buses, and that they should attend upcoming parades in the city.

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The demonstrably false advice was given on February 2nd, almost a full month before American society as a whole began to recognize the immediate dangers of the virus. Ostensibly, dozens of people could’ve been infected with the disease already when Barbot told the public to keep calm and carry on, presumably infecting dozens or hundreds of others.

In hindsight, such advice appears totally discredited and verifiable harmful to the general public, especially coming from an official tasked with safeguarding public health. New York City has since become the national ground zero for the Chinese coronavirus, with Friday’s latest reports indicating that more than 25,000 cases of the disease have been diagnosed within the city alone.

Tucker Carlson brought up Barbot’s negligent message on the threat of the virus on his show Thursday, blasting the failure of local leaders in preparing city residents for the threat of the disease.

Leaders in New York not only failed to shield their citizens from it, they took affirmative and aggressive steps to increase the risk to their population.”

Carlson pointed to the footage as a shocking betrayal of the public trust.

Future generations are gonna watch that video with their jaws open in disbelief. How could someone charged with protecting public health so recklessly endanger it?”

As New York City residents struggle to contain the most severe health pandemic in their city’s history since the 1918 Spanish Flu, they deserve accountability from the public health officials who clearly failed them.

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As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen

Right on cue.

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With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.

For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”

This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.

Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”

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On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.

Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.

And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.

The left is so predictable, isn’t it?

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