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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
CNS Pushed Doctor's Dubious Claim About COVID 'Herd Immunity'

WorldNetDaily isn't the only ConWeb component who was promoting Marty Makary desperately downplaying the coronavirus. Melanie Arter wrote in an April 28 article:

Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins University professor of public health, said Wednesday that there are more people with tuberculosis right now in the United States than those with COVID-19.

CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy changed her mind Tuesday about what she predicted weeks ago of there being “impending doom” of coronavirus cases going up, vaccinations not being where they need to be and deaths continuing to climb.

She said that looking at the curve now, she sees it stabilizing or coming down.

“Look, I respect Dr. Walensky. She’s showing humility there that she basically got it wrong. We knew that the infection was circulating in young people then where the case fatality rate is similar to seasonal flu. If you look at our numbers today, we're about 1/3 the daily cases of seasonal flu during a mild flu season,” Makary told Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom.”

San Francisco had 20 cases yesterday, most asymptomatic. What do you call that? Is it a public health emergency? Because if it is, we're gonna be in a perpetual emergency, because more people have tuberculosis than coronavirus right now in the United States. So I think we have a distorted perception of risk now,” he said.

Makary predicted last month that the U.S. would reach herd immunity by April.

Arter didn't bother to fact-check Makary, so she didn't tell her readers that fact-checkers found Makary's claim about herd immunity was based on flawed data, namely his unsupported claim that 55% of Americans already have a "natural immunity" to coronavirus due to previous exposure.

And, of course, it's utterly irrelevant to compare coronavirus to tuberculosis, especially given that TB has been tamed through vaccinaton and Makary seems to be discouraging people from getting vaccinated for COVID. Which is an issue, because COVID cases have been rising where vaccination rates are low, which seems to further undermine Makary's claims about "herd immunity."

Arter also engaged in a little recycled reverse mask-shaming: "As previously reported, President Joe Biden took heat yesterday for wearing a mask outside to announce that vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks outside unless they are in a crowd." As we previously reported, Arter buried the reason Biden did that: he illlustrated his point by leaving the podium mask-free after his speech.

And, thus, the creeping WND-ization of CNS continues.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:18 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:27 PM EDT

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