Tucker Carlson Tells The Hard Truth
This is a hugely important opening monologue from Tucker Carlson tonight — especially for conservatives, but actually for everybody. And most of all, for that Fox News watcher in the White House. Straight-up truth-telling right here:
He criticizes unnamed “leaders” for downplaying the virus’s seriousness, but we all know he’s talking about Donald Trump. Look at this: same administration, same day:
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) March 9, 2020
It is so great to hear an influential media conservative lay it all out like that, especially to complacent conservatives who want to believe the president’s phony messaging about how it’s all the fault of the Democrats and the media. Tucker points out that the situation that has brought Italy to a standstill tonight could well be coming here within a couple of weeks. A strong leader prepares his country for that possibility, not drugs them with false optimism.
At the end of the segment, Tucker quoted from a statement released a few days ago by Xinhua, the official Chinese state media. He drew from this passage from a Xinhua editorial:
If China retaliates against the United States at this time, in addition to announcing a travel ban on the United States, it will also announce strategic control over medical products and ban exports to the United States. Then the United States will be caught in the ocean of new coronaviruses.
According to the US CDC officials, most masks in the United States are made in China and imported from China. If China bans the export of masks to the United States, the United States will fall into a mask shortage, and the most basic measures to prevent the novel coronavirus can’t do it.
Also according to the US CDC officials, most of the drugs in the United States are imported, and some drugs are imported from Europe. However, Europe also places the production base of these drugs in China, so more than 90% of the US imported drugs are related to China. The implication is that at this time, as long as China announces that its drugs are for domestic use and banned exports, the United States will fall into the hell of the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Here’s what Tucker said about that:
He’s right. If this pandemic teaches us anything, it’s that we cannot be so strategically entangled with China. And when it comes to manufacturing pharmaceuticals and essential medical supplies, we must mandate by law that this is done domestically, as a matter of national security. That is something that all Republicans and Democrats ought to be able to pass.
As a step-off, here is a good thread by Oxford University data researcher Max C. Roser, on why he’s taking this crisis so seriously. He points out that the death rate is not the most important statistic; rather, the most important statistic is the rate of infection. Here’s why:
6/ Early in an outbreak, containment is key.
Slowing the rate of infection means that the number of people who are sick at the *same time* does not exceed the capacity of the health system.
[I wish more people understood the intention of containment.] pic.twitter.com/eBOW5nMpLS
— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) March 9, 2020
We ought to be closing schools and banning or limiting public gatherings now. Two weeks ago, Italy was a very different country than it is tonight. Two weeks from tonight, America probably will be too. How different depends in large part on how we act right now. This week. Tomorrow.
You might not want to believe it when it comes from CNN or The New York Times. Will you believe it when it comes from Tucker Carlson?
UPDATE: This is a Twitter thread sent out tonight by anesthesiologist Dr. Jason Van Schoor of University College, London:
From a well respected friend and intensivist/A&E consultant who is currently in northern Italy:
1/ ‘I feel the pressure to give you a quick personal update about what is happening in Italy, and also give some quick direct advice about what you should do.
2/ First, Lumbardy is the most developed region in Italy and it has a extraordinary good healthcare, I have worked in Italy, UK and Aus and don’t make the mistake to think that what is happening is happening in a 3rd world country.
3/ The current situation is difficult to imagine and numbers do not explain things at all. Our hospitals are overwhelmed by Covid-19, they are running 200% capacity
4/ We’ve stopped all routine, all ORs have been converted to ITUs and they are now diverting or not treating all other emergencies like trauma or strokes. There are hundreds of pts with severe resp failure and many of them do not have access to anything above a reservoir mask.
5/ Patients above 65 or younger with comorbidities are not even assessed by ITU, I am not saying not tubed, I’m saying not assessed and no ITU staff attends when they arrest. Staff are working as much as they can but they are starting to get sick and are emotionally overwhelmed.
6/ My friends call me in tears because they see people dying in front of them and they con only offer some oxygen. Ortho and pathologists are being given a leaflet and sent to see patients on NIV. PLEASE STOP, READ THIS AGAIN AND THINK.
7/ We have seen the same pattern in different areas a week apart, and there is no reason that in a few weeks it won’t be the same everywhere, this is the pattern:
8/ 1)A few positive cases, first mild measures, people are told to avoid ED but still hang out in groups, everyone says not to panick
2)Some moderate resp failures and a few severe ones that need tube, but regular access to ED is significantly reduced so everything looks great
9/ 3)Tons of patients with moderate resp failure, that overtime deteriorate to saturate ICUs first, then NIVs, then CPAP hoods, then even O2.
4)Staff gets sick so it gets difficult to cover for shifts, mortality spikes also from all other causes that can’t be treated properly.
10/ Everything about how to treat them is online but the only things that will make a difference are: do not be afraid of massively strict measures to keep people safe,
11/ if governments won’t do this at least keep your family safe, your loved ones with history of cancer or diabetes or any transplant will not be tubed if they need it even if they are young. By safe I mean YOU do not attend them and YOU decide who does and YOU teach them how to.
12/ Another typical attitude is read and listen to people saying things like this and think “that’s bad dude” and then go out for dinner because you think you’ll be safe.
13/ We have seen it, you won’t be if you don’t take it seriously. I really hope it won’t be as bad as here but prepare.