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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti admits protests spreading COVID-19; gets ripped for double standard

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has ordered the county’s beaches, piers, and bike paths to be closed during the 4th of July weekend. Firework displays are also prohibited during the holiday weekend.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said gatherings with people other than those you live with are not permitted.

“I want to remind you, you still can’t gather in groups. Whether you think you can get together to celebrate something like a birthday with folks who are not in your household, even if you know them or are related to them; that is still prohibited,” the Democratic mayor said on Wednesday. “Gatherings and getting together with anyone, except those who you live with, will spread the virus.”

During Garcetti’s coronavirus press conference telling relatives that they can’t visit each other, there was a crowded protest going on outside the city hall.

Dr. Drew Pinsky called out Garcetti for his “hypocrisy.”

“I’ll tell you one thing people cannot tolerate is hypocrisy or inconsistency,” Pinsky said. “Then they will just not listen to you. And I think that’s why we’re getting some of the resistance to the thing we really need people to do: to distance and wear a mask and go about their life a little bit. But they have been so inconsistent and, frankly, let’s just call it what it is: they’ve been deceptive on this and unwilling to answer it.”

On Wednesday, Garcetti finally admitted that public protests are likely causing COVID-19 cases to spike, despite a day earlier saying the opposite. During Garcetti’s coronavirus press briefing, he was asked if the Black Lives Matter protests were causing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Garcetti responded by saying that he had consulted with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County director of public health, and she stated that the large demonstrations were a factor in the spread of coronavirus.

“I talked again with Dr. Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,” Garcetti replied. “It’s not the act of protesting – that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is… but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer – we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change.”

“We do believe there is a connection, we don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely and wherever you can, please stay at home,” he added.

Also on Wednesday, Dr. Ferrer acknowledged that the demonstrations are spreading the virus. “In situations where people are close together for longer periods of time and it’s very crowded, we are certain that there is going to be spread,” Ferrer said. “So, we’ve never said that there’s no spread from people who were protesting.”

“We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time — which long for us means more than 15 minutes — where you’re in close contact with people, less than six feet apart and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader,” she said.

During Garcetti’s COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, he said protests are not spreading the virus.

“We follow the data closely,” Garcetti said. “There’s no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread though it’s something that Doctor Ferrer has hypothesized, but we haven’t seen any conclusive evidence there.”

Garcetti has participated in protests, where he didn’t practice social distancing and even took his mask off.

California set a record for daily coronavirus cases on Thursday by adding 9,352 new cases.

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Dr. Drew says it’s ‘fake news’ that VP Pence — now leading Coronavirus Task Force — improperly responded to epidemics as Indiana governor

Dr. David Drew Pinsky — a well-known addiction medicine specialist known as Dr. Drew on television — pushed back hard on media reports saying Vice President Mike Pence, now leading the Coronavirus Task Force, improperly handled epidemics as governor of Indiana.

The Daily Blast Live spoke on the phone with Pinsky late last week and noted that Pence “mishandled the HIV epidemic in 2015 with the needle-exchange program which one study said actually contributed to more deaths.”

‘I don’t know what the hell people are talking about’

“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Pinsky replied regarding reports about Pence. “We used to point at the way Indiana responded to the opiate of the HIV epidemic as the model for the country. I don’t know what they’re talking about. The only reason I felt comfortable with Pence as vice president was I was aware of his track record in Indiana in handling these serious problems, and they handled them better than most states did, almost any other states. So, I don’t know what the hell people are talking about. That is fake news.”

More from Pinsky:

Yes, it took everybody a while to respond properly to it, but they really took care of business in Indiana, so I have no idea what people are talking about. Whether Pence is the right person? Look, the right people are Anthony Fauci of the [Centers for Disease Control]. … Dr. Fauci will tell you what’s going on, when you need to worry … I worked with him on the HIV epidemic back in the 80s; that guy’s been on top of infectious disease for 30 years. When there’s a problem, he will let us know, and he’s been saying exactly what I’ve been saying the whole way. Look to him, not me, and not even Vice President Pence; look at guys like Anthony Fauci whose responsibility is to contain these things.

Dr. Drew also ‘furious’ about media ‘overreacting’ to Coronavirus

Pinsky’s comments about Pence came a few weeks after he told the Daily Blast Live he was “furious” at the media for “overreacting” to the Coronavirus.

“The press should not be reporting medical stories as though they know how to report it,” he said on the show in early February. “If we have a pandemic, I won’t know how to tell that we’re actually having a pandemic because everything is an emergency. People that are infectious disease specialists, the CDC, the epidemiologist[s], need to take this very seriously. The press needs to shut up because you’re more likely to die of influenza right now.”

Dr. Drew doubles down

During the phone chat with the Daily Blast Live in which he defended Pence, Pinsky doubled down on his earlier comments about the media and the Coronavirus: “Let me frame it this way: We have in the United States 24 million cases of flu-like illness, 180,000 hospitalizations, 16,000 dead from influenza. Why is that not being reported? Why isn’t the message, ‘Get your flu shot’?”

He added that while the Coronavirus is “coming here” and that it will be “much more widespread than we knew,” it also will be “much milder than we knew; the 1.7 percent fatality rate is going to fall. Where was the press during the Mediterranean Corona outbreak where the fatality rate was 41 percent? If they wanted to get crazed about something, why didn’t they get crazed about MERS or SARS? This is an overblown press-created hysteria.”

Dr. Drew also said the U.S. and other countries “are responding appropriately and very diligently. We’re gonna contain this thing. We’ve already got a vaccine in study right now in human subjects. So, this thing is well in hand. President Trump is absolutely correct. He allocated $2.5 billion dollars for this. [U.S. Sen.] Chuck Schumer asked for $8 billion; my response is, ‘Hey man, we’ve got a homeless problem in southern California and in Denver. Would you please give us some of that $8 billion and forget about the Coronavirus? We’ve got that taken care of.'”

Here’s video of Pinsky’s comments to the Daily Blast Live; his comments about Pence come after the 3:45 mark:



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(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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