The Covid hysterics will not quit
Three years later, they continue to defend the indefensible - even including hyper-aggressive ventilator use. No wonder they won't tell the truth about the mRNAs.
Dr. Craig Spencer has been a Covid shrieker from the beginning.
But Spencer’s laissez-faire attitude toward infectious disease deserted him when Sars-Cov-2 arrived in New York. At the time, Spencer was an emergency room physician at Columbia University Medical Center, where he treated Covid patients - and, on Twitter, raised an alarm about the coronavirus.
Did he ever.
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Spencer spoke with the authority of a frontline physician treating Covid patients.
He could have used his voice to downplay the hysteria sweeping the United States and the world. Instead, he amplified it to his fast-growing Twitter audience.
(He survived a virus that can make you bleed out through your eyes; he feared one whose mortality rate for healthy people under 50 was almost too low to measure. Why? The answer might have something to do with Donald John Trump.)
He was on television a bunch, too. Like a bunch:
If one wanted to steal an old joke, one might say that the most dangerous place to be in early April 2020 was not in a Covid ward but between Craig Spencer and a television camera.
That’s both uncharitable and wrong, of course.
But it’s not wrong to wonder how much time Spencer - whose authority in spring 2020 came from his experience seeing Covid patients - spent actually treating those patients between all his tweets and op-eds and appearances.
So what? Spencer just wanted the world to know that Covid was dangerous, right? He was just relaying what he saw, right? He was a doctor, not a politician, right?
Spencer was the opposite of apolitical. He wanted the world to know that Donald Trump had failed him and his fellow health-care workers. He wanted Joe Biden.
And he wanted lockdowns.
(It will kill you on a beach, it will kill you if you preach, it will kill you here or there, it will kill you everywhere!)
The hysterical tone that Spencer and other anti-Trump physicians on Twitter adopted was not just absurd at the time and embarrassing in retrospect.
I wish I could say Spencer has learned from his mistakes and his hysteria.
Nope. Even now, more than three years after Covid began, Spencer will not begin to admit the truth about anything that has happened.
His (at best) cognitive dissonance revealed itself again this week. He complained about coverage of the new Northwestern University study showing ventilators - which doctors used very aggressively in spring 2020 - almost certainly killed some Covid patients.
“I’m sick of seeing people trying to relitigate 2020 through the eyes of 2023. If you miraculously know everything now, why didn’t you tell us so then?
(Please note date, kind sirs and madams)
In truth, by April 2020, anyone tracking the data closely could see that Covid’s threat - to children, to reasonably healthy adults, and to society as a whole - had been vastly overstated.
Some of us said so at the time. We have the receipts to prove it.
So, no, we are not trying to “relitigate” the past. But we cannot let people like Craig Spencer forget that they were wrong then and are still wrong now.
Because, as the hysteria around monkeypox last summer and the refusal to apologize for mRNA vaccine mandates prove, the public health authoritarians have not just failed to learn from history.
They are desperate to repeat it.