With 900,000 dead from COVID-19, American capitalism is doubling down on mass infection
On Thursday, the United States passed the grim milestone of 900,000 deaths from COVID-19 according to tracker Worldometer. All other major trackers will surpass this horrendous figure within a week.
While the Omicron variant has pushed COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to record highs, 53,000 Americans have lost their lives so far this month. An American dies every 45 seconds. The seven-day average of deaths now stands at 2,514, higher than the peak of any previous surge except last winter.
In 2020, 351,754 Americans lost their lives to COVID-19. In 2021, 475,680 people succumbed to the virus. If January’s death rate continues through 2022, 636,000 more Americans will have died in the third year of the pandemic.
The massive death toll is now simply ignored in print and broadcast media. On Friday, a day when BNO Newsroom reported that 3,826 people died of COVID-19, NBC Nightly News didn’t even mention the pandemic in the first half of its broadcast, instead focusing on the weather and NYPD.
Far from doing anything to stop the ongoing wave of mass deaths, every institution in American society, from the Biden administration to state and local governments and big business, is stepping on the infection accelerator. massive.
The tone was set by the White House Biden. After forcing all schools and businesses to reopen and ending social distancing measures, the Biden administration has set its sights on the only two measures left to stop the spread of COVID-19: masking by the general public and isolation of those actively infected with COVID-19.
In an interview with Politics this week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, advocated an end to masking and isolation. She said: “If the cases are high, the severity will be such that we are in an ok place in our hospitals… our masks might be more likely to come off. And then if you have a case of a runny nose, you might say, ‘Okay, well, I’m going to stay home, because that’s what I do when I have a runny nose. ‘ But you don’t have to isolate yourself.
All serious public health experts and epidemiologists advocate masking and isolation under conditions where a disease that kills and maims at the rate of COVID-19 is spreading through society. To do otherwise is a recipe for the continued infection and re-infection of the entire population, which is now the deliberate policy of the US government.
Walensky’s calls for an end to masking and isolation were echoed this week by a group of academic supporters of mass infection, calling themselves “Normal Emergency.” The group is led by Monica Gandhi, a school reopening advocate who has ties to the White House and has continually downplayed the pandemic and the dangers facing society.
In one declarationwrites the group, “Masks should become optional in US schools (we suggest, by Feb. 15), and we can also return to pre-pandemic standards for quarantines: if you’re sick, stay home. “
Walensky’s comments and Gandhi et al. were accompanied by a massive barrage of anti-masking propaganda in US media, including Democratic-aligned media. Recent headlines include, “The case against masks in schools” in the Atlantic; “New questions about whether children should wear masksby NPR; “Should children wear masks in schools? Maybe not” in the SF Chronicle; and “Let the kids take off their masks after the Omicron surge” in the New York Times.
The importance of wearing masks, and especially high quality masks, in reducing the spread of COVID-19 is not, and never has been, disputed. But from the perspective of the ruling class, the masking is a constant reminder that the pandemic is not over and that people must take action to protect themselves. To get workers back to work, masking must go.
These demands are already being implemented around the world. On Tuesday, the City of San Francisco will end its indoor masking requirements for offices and gymnasiums, setting the stage for cities to follow suit.
In Denmark, where COVID-19 cases are increasing due to the new, more infectious subvariant of Omicron called BA.2, the government is ending its mask mandate on February 1. From Thursday, face coverings will no longer be required anywhere in the UK.
In practice, even the CDC’s totally inadequate 5-day isolation guidelines are a dead letter. A Harvard University Kennedy School survey noted that “nearly two-thirds of workers who reported being ill in the past month during the survey period reported working while ill”, according to the wall street journalmany citing “financial reasons” and “fear of reprisals”.
In May 2021, Walensky, acting under the guidance of Biden and White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, called on those vaccinated to end all social distancing and masking, saying “Anyone fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, big or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing.” That prompted nearly every state to end mask mandates in the weeks that followed, setting the stage for the catastrophic Delta variant push that killed more than 175,000 Americans.
According to New York Times, “Mr. Biden, Mr. Zients and others in the White House were thrilled” at Walensky’s announcement last May. “Take off your mask. You have earned the right,” Biden Recount the public that month.
After the end of those restrictions led to a surge in cases last summer, Wilensky and Biden were forced to backtrack and urge people to mask up again. But amid record case rates, with 3,000 people now dying every day and hospitals fuller than at any other time in the pandemic, the Biden administration is renewing its push against all public health measures.
In May 2021, the abandonment of masking recommendations was justified by the false claim that vaccinated people do not transmit COVID-19. Today, it comes with the open promotion of mass infection through the adoption of the “herd immunity” strategy first implemented by the Trump administration.
At this month’s World Economic Forum, the annual conclave of the oligarchs, Dr. Anthony Fauci was request“Is 2022 really the year we go from pandemic to endemic and at the current speed, accelerate the process given its ability to spread and offer immunity by infection?”
In other words, is mass infection with COVID-19 the appropriate response to the pandemic?
To that, Fauci replied, “I hope it does,” adding, “it’s an open question whether or not Omicron will be the live virus vaccine that everyone is hoping for.”
In 2020, Fauci and White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx warned that those promoting the benefits of mass infection – led by Trump adviser Scott Atlas – were “dangerous”. Birx wrote in a E-mail that Atlas’ views were “a real threat to a comprehensive and critical response to this pandemic”, call supporters of his views “a fringe group with no basis in epidemics, public health, or on common sense experience on the ground”.
Birx warned that following a ‘herd immunity’ approach would result in hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths and have immense public health ramifications, indicating“We all know the long-term consequences of simple viral infections – we’ve seen pericarditis, myocarditis, even cardiomyopathy, vasculitis, and the long-open question of the relationship to autoimmunity.”
In the year and a half since Fauci and Birx issued those secret warnings, the entire political establishment has embraced the murderous policies promoted by Atlas and Trump.
COVID-19 is to become the “new normalin the words of eugenics advocate Ezikiel Eamnuel. The public must accept the advantages of “natural immunity”, as the wall street journal recently stated editorial.
More troubling than anything, the daily reporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths is under attack. On February 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end its requirement for hospitals to report deaths from COVID-19 daily.
The only remaining source for reporting deaths will be the CDC, which receives its reports from state health departments. However, most states do not report daily, and a growing number are moving toward weekly reporting in the near future.
The modus operandi of the ruling class and its media apologists is clear: the COVID-19 pandemic must continue in perpetuity. Hundreds of thousands of people – mostly the sick and the elderly – will die and the health of millions more will be compromised each year. Deaths and cases will be less and less reported every day, and the media will stop reporting them day after day.
But the ruling class’s strategy for a perpetual pandemic is colliding with a growing movement of the working class and young people determined to resist mass infection, taking the form of a wave of strikes and struggles to demand protections against the pandemic.
This growing working class movement must adopt a Zero COVID strategy, based on ending the transmission of COVID-19 through contact tracing, isolation, quarantine and the temporary closure of all non-essential schools and businesses with full compensation for all affected workers and small businesses. people.
The fight against mass infection is a political fight against the financial oligarchy and the entire capitalist system. The most critical task is to build a revolutionary socialist leadership in the working class, fighting for a unified global strategy to stop the pandemic and save lives.