Disturbing footage emerged Monday of hundreds of beachgoers congregating at a Tampa-area beach, in spite of the dangers posed by large social gatherings involving the coronavirus.
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) March 16, 2020
More than 137 Floridians have already been diagnosed with the Chinese coronavirus. The progress of the disease in the state appears to be more advanced than it is in other American states, raising serious questions as to why hundreds of Americans believe that Monday is a perfect day to go to the beach.
It goes without saying that the group presence at the beach defies the federal government’s recommendations on social distancing, guidelines that were updated to warn Americans against attending events with more than ten people present as of Monday.
More footage from WFLA revealed beaches that are even more crowded by the general public.
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) March 16, 2020
“We shouldn’t be congregating in mass crowds like this.”
Floridans were taken aback by the sheer number of people having fun at the beach, with many calling for the state government to officially close the beaches on account of the disease risk.
This isn’t the time to be going swimming at a public beach, a venue that could prove a prime setting for the coronavirus to be spread to tourists who will take it to other American states.
The situation is sadly akin to descriptions of the virus’ spread in Italy, where public health officials describe a general public that was unwilling to stay home from the recreational group events associated with daily life.
It appears that Florida’s response to the epidemic is lagging well behind that of other states and municipalities, that have cancelled public events before as many diagnoses of the disease occurred in their communities. New Orleans police could be seen dispersing large crowds from a nightlife district on St. Patrick’s Day, having no patience for the desire for revelry among those choosing to disregard the disease.
Swedish Professor Finds That COVID-19 Poses Low Threat to Children, Quits Research After People Send Him Nasty Messages
COVIDianism has become a religion with dogma that can’t be questioned.
An epidemiology professor in Sweden has quit his COVID-19 research after he received hostile messages from people who didn’t like his conclusion that the disease poses a low threat to children.
Jonas Ludvigsson, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, focused on children ages 1 to 16 in the research he conducted last spring. He found that only 15 children ended up needing ICU treatment—only 0.77 per 100,000. Four of the 15 had a preexisting chronic condition and none of them died.
Ludvigsson said his study had been subject to several revisions and peer review before it was approved for publication. But he nevertheless received a deluge of nasty emails and social media messages from angry people, some of whom tried to blame him for Sweden’s comparatively lax approach to lockdowns.
As a result, the professor said he’s only managed a few hours of sleep per night. The attacks and the subsequent stress also caused him to lose his appetite for COVID-19 debate and research entirely. Ludvigsson is now trying to move on and put the bad experience behind him.
Matilda Ernkrans, Sweden’s higher education and research minister, told The British Medical Journal that “it is deeply concerning when academics are threatened to the extent that they don’t have the courage to keep on doing their job. This is not a new phenomenon, but we have seen an increase of threats against academics related to research on the coronavirus. When people are silenced, it’s a threat against the freedom of speech and our democracy.”
She added that “to strengthen academic freedom, the Swedish government has proposed a new amendment that points out that education and research must be protected to enable people to freely discover, research, and share knowledge.”
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