REPORT: Spike In COVID Cases Due To Left-Wing Protests and Illegal Border Crossings
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During an interview with Fox News over the weekend, senior fellow at The Hoover Institution and professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 until 2012, Dr. Scott Atlas said that the coronavirus cases spike in the United States, specifically the southwest United States, is due to the massive left-wing protests and border crossings.
"The unwritten sort of story here is also why are all these cases exploding, particularly in the border counties?" Atlas started. "When you look in the southern counties of California, Arizona and the bordering counties of Texas — with the Mexico border — these are where most of these cases are really exploding. And then you look at the Mexico map and in Mexico, that’s where their cases are. Their cases are in the northern border zone states. And it turns out the timeline here correlates much more to the Mexico timeline of increasing cases than anything else."
He continued, “When you really look closely at these so-called re-opening policies, whether it’s in Georgia or Florida or Texas, you know, we didn’t really see a big correlation of cases and hospitalizations from that. That’s really not true. That’s sort of some sloppy thinking, I think, again. We really have to look closely at why these things are happening.”
Atlas went on to cite the massive surge in COVID cases in California even though lockdowns are still being implemented.
Atlas said, “By the way, California didn’t really reopen. Yet they have cases coming up. Why is that? I mean, that’s because these cases don’t really correlate to that. They correlate mainly to two things — the big thousands and thousands of people with protesting, sharing megaphones, screaming. That’s a setup to spread cases. And also when you look at the analyses of the border counties, there’s a tremendous amount of cases coming over the border and exchanging with families in the northern Mexico states.”
According to the 'news site' Healthline, there is just no way that the protests could be responsible for spreading the coronavirus: “A paper looking at virus data from protests between May 26 and June 20, found ‘no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than three weeks following protest onset.’ ‘We conclude that predictions of broad negative public health consequences of Black Lives Matter protests were far too narrowly conceived,’ the authors of the National Bureau of Economic Research paper wrote.”
Atlas pointed to evidence for why some of the numbers could be deceiving: “If you look more than just superficially at the number, when you look at Texas, and in their overcrowded situation, where they really have about 85-90% hospitals occupied, only 10-20% of the patients are COVID patients. When you look at Arizona, where they do have isolated hospitals that are having problems and when you look at the numbers, it’s really about 60% of the COVID-hospitalized patients don’t have symptoms from COVID- they’re COVID positive. That’s from their own website. When you look at Florida, we know a significant percentage also have COVID-positive testing, but not COVID.”
“So the real concern that that I see right now is that there are hospitals getting crowded in their ICUs and this is clearly a concern," he concluded. "The crowding is from the reinstatement of regular medical care, which is actually very important. We have locked that down before and that policy kills people. So we don’t want to go back to that. The solution to this is really protect the high risk in a more diligent way than we are, the very highest-risk group. We have been very, very clear about that to people. The second part is increase the hospital capacity.”
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