By Duncan Smith
Addiction specialist and TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky said Friday that governors who are continuing to extend their coronavirus lockdown orders are no longer ‘following the science.’
“There is no science of lockdown, there is not. We don’t have that science. It’s all models, conjecture, theory, this isn’t science,” Pinsky told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”
Meanwhile, Pinsky said there’s “absolutely” been an increase in mental health issues along with rises in alcohol and drug abuse — as well as suicides — all from weeks spent being shut-in at home. Also, the stress of being unemployed has weighed heavy on millions of Americans.
He also disputed the idea that the mass quarantines of healthy people were the right policy to follow, calling it unprecedented.
“The idea of quarantining a healthy population has never been done before in human history,” said Pinsky, noting that much of the virus’ spread occurred in homes and tight spaces like mass transit.
Plus, cities and states were never really completely shut down. Several “essential” businesses remained open, leading some to question why all businesses weren’t simply ‘allowed’ to remain open.
Pinsky also said that while the coronavirus lockdowns have occurred, scores of Americans who needed care for other conditions did not receive it.
“People not getting to the hospital, people not getting their elective surgeries, and now the mental health crisis that looms ahead. These have to be measured against any interventions we take for the virus,” he said, adding that “it is not healthy to take the livelihood” away from human beings.
“Humans need to have a future. They need to be able to plan and move forward,” Pinsky said. “What I’m seeing and what the parents are telling me, the population that is having the most serious reaction: the late childhood and early adolescence. They are really in trouble.”
Nevertheless, some governors — authoritarian Democrats — are planning to keep their people and their businesses shuttered.
“You, too, should expect to continue with this for the foreseeable future,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in discussing his coronavirus restrictions as he addressed when people might be able to return to work.
Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that crowds would not be able to gather for professional or college sports until a vaccine is available (which might be never) or there’s a rigorous testing regime in place with signs of herd immunity in the population.
“We’re gonna be in a new normal for quite a while. And it doesn’t mean that sports is over,” she said Friday during a press conference discussing whether Major League Baseball would return for a shortened season this year without fans in seats — which is stupid.
Democrat governors’ authoritarianism may not last much longer, however. President Donald Trump reminded them on Monday the federal government will step in if the Justice Department sees abuses.
Trump said the U.S. will reopen “vaccine or no vaccine,” and told governors the government “will step in if we see something going wrong, or if we disagree” with their pace of reopening.
Good. These cases need to be resolved because scores of business owners need to know that if they spend the resources to reopen, they’re not simply going to be shut down again — and ruined — in a few months.
To that point, Trump said Thursday at a Ford plant in Michigan that the country will not be shut down again this fall of a “second wave” of coronavirus hits.
“People say it’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country, we’re going to put out the fires,” Trump said. “Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out, but we’re not closing our country.”
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