The fog of COVID-19 misinformation apparently is enveloping not just the yokels inhabiting Trumplandia.
The clouds are also present in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, as shown by left-wing Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
On Friday, the court heard arguments about President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate, which could affect up to 100 million American workers, millions of whom could be forced to get jabbed against their will, if Biden prevails.
During the discussion, Sotomayor, who once trumpeted the thinking of the “wise Latina,” chimed in with a few utterly wrong comments about COVID – all of which happened in one stretch.
Sotomayor said during the hearing, “Omicron is as deadly as delta and causes as much serious disease in the unvaccinated as delta did. The numbers—look at the hospitalization rates going up. We have more infected people today than we did a year ago in January. We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators.”
Almost none of that is true.
According to The New York Times COVID database, the seven-day average of deaths on Friday was 1,605.
That’s five weeks after omicron was first identified in the U.S., and this week, the government said omicron now makes up 95 percent of new COVID cases.
In September, at the peak of delta, the seven-day average for deaths was nearly 2,100 – or about 30 percent lower than today.
Meanwhile, multiple news reports, notably from conservative media, cited data from Biden’s own Department of Health and Human Services, which on Friday reported that 3,342 children were hospitalized with COVID-19 – all of whom, as Dr. Anthony Fauci recently admitted, may be positive but may not be in the hospital “because of” the virus.
Sotomayor was way off, even if one construed her remark as being applicable to the whole pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 82,000 kids total have been hospitalized between August 2020 and this week.
As to her comment about hospitals being “almost at full capacity,” a point echoed by another liberal, Justice Stephen Breyer, that depends on your definition of “almost.”
The HHS reported on Friday that 79 percent of beds in nearly 6,200 hospitals across the country were full, and only 18 percent of those were for COVID-19.
And that’s not accounting for the fact that hospitals gauge that issue on their staffing ability to handle patients, an issue exacerbated by Biden’s mandate, which has caused many hospitals to fire nurses and other workers who refuse the jab.
As for ICUs, HHS reported 82 percent of those beds are occupied, with 29 percent of them taken by COVID patients.
It’s possible Sotomayor’s comments, had they been uttered on social media instead of during a Supreme Court hearing, may have invited a suspension from the likes of Facebook or Twitter.
But no worry, the liberal media was ready to cover for Sotomayor.
The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and others in the national mainstream media simply ignored her “misinformation,” or what some may call lies, revealing again that COVID is as much a political issue as a medical one.
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