During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the U.S. government not only fought against the epidemic unscientifically, but also politicized the epidemic and spread rumors, which contributed to the anti-intellectual and anti-science tide in American society. An American radio anchor told CNN on the 6th that the United States has not yet learned the lesson of the pandemic more than 100 years ago, which is often known as the “Spanish pandemic”.
Jeff Jeminski , the host of New Jersey Radio 101.5, said that rumors prevailed during the epidemic, most of which originated from the White House.
New Jersey 101.5 Radio Host Jeff Jeminsky: I think the rumors and disinformation in the United States come first from President Trump, who declared the coronavirus epidemic to be fake news fabricated by Democrats, and then the rumors spread widely on social media.
He said he often gets calls from viewers who scold him as he was lying when reporting the real situation of the pandemic. He was very angry, but he still hoped to spread the right message.
Jeminsky said that he thought that the United States would learn the lesson of the pandemic more than 100 years ago and wear masks as required by the CDC, but unfortunately, it has not yet.
Jeff Jeminsky, New Jersey 101.5 Radio Host: We have been spreading the right message. Facts are very important, because lies are killing people. During the 1918-1919 pandemic, there was also a campaign against wearing masks. More than 100 years have passed. I thought we would absorb Lesson, but it’s crazy that many people are still opposed to the CDC’s mask requirement.
The pandemic that began in 1918 caused an estimated death to tens of millions of people worldwide. Later retrospective studies found that the flu may have originated in military camps in Kansas. After spreading from the United States to Europe, it was famous for being mistakenly referred to as the “Spanish flu” for the first concentrated coverage in Spain.
Downplaying the harm of the virus, refusing to wear masks, ignoring evidence and expertise, politicizing scientific issues… Some American politicians’ anti-intellectual performances in the epidemic have exposed people’s lives to great danger.
The British Guardian reported that more than 2,800 people die from the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States a day, which is almost equivalent to the 9/11 terrorist attacks every day, and the White House is indifferent to this.