The news is out: [While coronavirus cases are exploding across the country at higher rates than ever before, Sen. Rand Paul encouraged people to dismiss public health guidance.
The Kentucky Republican claimed that millions of people who have recovered from COVID-19 are now protected against the disease, and therefore do not need to follow rules such as mask-wearing.
“We have 11 million people in our country who’ve already had COVID. We should tell them to celebrate,” Paul said on Fox News on Thursday. “We should tell them to throw away their masks, go to restaurants, live again, because these people are now immune.”
His statements directly go against messaging from scientists, doctors and health experts who have repeatedly said there is no evidence that COVID-19 survivors cannot become reinfected and spread the disease again.
Paul, like many other allies of President Donald Trump, has routinely flouted health guidelines. Paul became the first senator to test positive for the virus at the onset of the pandemic in March. Since his recovery, he’s frequently appeared on Capitol Hill without a mask, insisting that he has immunity, which is not yet known. Trump has also made the same erroneous talking point of being immune following his recovery from the virus in October.]
With choices like Rand Paul and Moscow Mitch, stupidity is a desired virtue in Kentucky.