Check out the wildly misleading/false “talking points if approached by media” for the scheduled “Reopen VA Rally” this Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. I’ve put the claims in red, followed by a short debunking. Also note that far-right State Sen. Amanda Chase (R), a candidate for governor in 2021, has been sharing this nonsense on Facebook. Why is Facebook allowing this?
- “Government Coronavirus projections have proven markedly inaccurate, as evidenced by them being continually revised downward”//In fact, projections are generally in a wide range, taking into account various potential courses of action – or inaction – by people/governments. One major reason why projections might be and/or have been revised downwards is because strong COVID-19 countermeasures, such as handwashing, social distancing, mask-wearing, etc. have *worked* and are “flattening the curve.” That, of course, is a very good thing, not something to be twisted into an argument to open things back up again, too soon, before we have sufficient testing and other measures in place.
- “Even at the Coronavirus peak, in such hot spots as New York City, the predicted hospital bed and ventilator shortages did not materialize, and hospitals remained well below capactiy.”//Again, that’s because of the countermeasures taken by federal and state governments, businesses and individuals, which successfully “flattened the curve” and kept hospitals from being overwhelmed. And again, this is a GOOD THING, not an argument for ditching everything that’s working!
- “Due to the Governor’s orders, hospitals are not allowed to perform ‘non-essential’ procedures. Patients needing cancer surgery, joint replacement, and other vital hospital services are unable to receive them.”//Yes, that’s a really bad thing, but…the reason for it is the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to prevent it from overwhelming hospitals, not because anyone is happy about that!
- “ALL jobs are essential. The costs of the Governor’s economic shutdown far outweigh the short-term Coronavirus benefits, in the Commonwealth.”//Yes, all jobs are essential, and the fact is, those jobs are in grave danger as long as the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t vanquished. Hence, the need for the measures being taken – for damn good reason! – not just by a particular Governor, but in states across the country, at the federal level, and in pretty much every other country in the world.