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When ‘Science’ Conflicts With Reality

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If it weren’t so sad and devastating to people’s lives, we would be living in the middle of one of the greatest comedies of all time. Democrats are scrambling to understand why their policies related to COVID are failing while Republican policies are succeeding. There is no explanation they can see, none they can accept, because leftists are incapable of even entertaining the possibility that they could be wrong. About anything. 


Infection rates are surging to near record levels…in states with lockdowns and mask mandates, and they are sinking in states without them. So-called experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci can’t explain this, which means no one in media can either since he’s the only person they believe on the subject, no matter what evidence contradicts him.

“Call it a ‘COVID conundrum,’ in states with the strictest measures in the country, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and much of New England, cases are on the rise,” a Today Show report this week started. “While in the south, states like Arkansas and Texas that have reopened businesses and ripped away mask mandates are seeing their numbers drop.” 

It’s like watching a child slowing beginning to question the existence of Santa Claus…but not quite get there. At least not yet. 

How can it be that Texas, a state roundly condemned by Democrats and the media when they announced an end to mask mandates, hasn’t transformed into a killing field? How could cases drop? They still run stories about how bad things are in Florida, which never closed schools or issued mask mandates, even though they’ve never come close to the number of cases and deaths of New York, a state with 2 million fewer residents. 


Narrative has overtaken reality with the left and they won’t let it go. 

“So what might explain the apparent contradiction?” the Today Show asked. “Difference is testing rates?” they wondered. 

Alabama’s infection rates have dropped, “more than 50 percent in the last 2 weeks,” they report. How did it happen? “But it’s also dead last in the US for COVID testing,” they said, with “only 56 tests per 100,000 people. That’s a fraction of what you’ll find in places like Vermont (1420 per 100,000), Massachusetts (1259 per 100,000), and New York (1084 per 100,000) where numbers are surging.” 

Those numbers are all true, but it makes no sense that a lack of testing is the issue, unless Alabama is overrun with people who are sick but not being tested. If this were the case, someone would notice. Someone would notice that hospitals in Alabama, or any of these states, are full of people with a mysterious, undiagnosed respiratory ailment, wouldn’t they? Might it be something else?

“When you don’t test, you’re blind. And when you’re not testing, you have a false sense of what the real problem is in your community,” an “expert” they interviewed said. 

But this assumes something that doesn’t make any sense: that there are a lot of people, thousands or tens of thousands, in Alabama and these other states who are sick who aren’t bothering to get tested or seek medical care. You only need to get tested if you feel ill or have been exposed to someone who is, and neither is happening in the “free” states. In the middle of a pandemic, where testing is free and easy, and the possibility of death, while remote, is still very real, why would that happen?


The “experts” don’t know, and they’re not interested in speculating or even acknowledging. 

There is another possibility, one that will get you banned from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all other online platforms: that lockdowns and masks don’t work. 

I’m not saying that masks don’t work for anything, the flu was non-existent this winter and you don’t hear anything about someone getting a cold, but COVID does not seem to have been impacted. 

I’m no doctor, but maybe having to inhale harder than normal draws the virus deeper into lungs? Maybe masks can’t filter out a virus as small as COVID? Maybe restricting people to confined spaces inside, with little air circulation, isn’t the way to defeat this virus? Maybe it’s a way to make things worse? I don’t know the answer, but I do know the people who are supposed to be looking for the answers are not. 

Science is the asking of questions and the pursuit of the answers, no matter where that pursuit leads. The COVID “experts” are married to the decisions they made at the start of this thing, unopened to the possibility that they were wrong; that there could be a different, even better, way. That’s a lot of things, none of which would be considered science. And they certainly wouldn’t get you booked on TV.


Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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