So “Fox News medical contributor” Nicole Saphier said a stupid thing this morning on “America’s Newsroom” about the Omnicron Variant:
“It’s time to allow this mild infection to circulate.” Full transcript via Media Matters.
BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): I think what we have learned the most about this pandemic is that when the virus mutates and gets stronger, we might be in trouble. But when the virus mutates and gets weaker, that’s a great sign because the virus is dying out. And back to your example in South Africa, that seems to be the pattern here. Yes, more contagious — highly contagious I should say — but fewer severe cases and fewer hospitalizations. I think that’s all very good news for us and for the world.
NICOLE SAPHIER (FOX NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR): Well, that’s right, Bill. And as we have now moved into an era where we have vaccines, we have boosters, we have treatments, and we have a large amount of natural immunity in our country, we should be able to move forward allowing the fact that this virus is causing very mild illness in people who are vaccinated and younger populations, including those people who have become boosted.
There will always be people who are vulnerable to this virus, just like every year we see people vulnerable to flu and other causes of pneumonia. We need to continue to protect them. But for the rest of society, it is time to move forward. We have never required a vaccine to prevent the sniffles. People at this point have access to affordable vaccines that can reduce their risk of severe illness, and they can get boosted at this point if they want to, to even further reduce their very low risk of severe illness. At this point, it is time to move forward and allow this mild infection to circulate so we can continue to build that hybrid immunity, the combination of vaccine-induced and natural immunity, which has proven to be the most robust form of immunity that will continue to build that wall of protection.
Has she talked to hospitals in Michigan?
Last week, I spent 48 hours inside a rural hospital in Michigan & spoke to more than two dozen healthcare workers in an effort to document the toll the latest COVID-19 surge is taking on our state’s medical staff & our healthcare system
Here’s what I saw:https://t.co/MyXWYhLXXx pic.twitter.com/wfam5rwEzs
— Kayla Ruble (@RubleKB) December 15, 2021
Pennsylvania? New Mexico?
I don’t live in SA, I live in America, and the hospitals here in the USA say they are overrun with idiots who are unvaccinated.
See how that works?
I certainly hope the new variant is less deadly, good news but beside the point, of Hospitals being overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/Xo5mVEVaBl
— J A Ross (@J_A_Ross) December 14, 2021
Putting an elegant doctor on to pooh pooh active measures against Covid when 800,000 have DIED and it’s not over is a political propaganda decision on the part of Fox News. Same as always.
PS. Doctor Saphier is a RADIOLOGIST.