When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance related to COVID-19 to say vaccinated Americans no longer need to mask up or practice social distancing, The New York Times said the agency was “finally catching up to the science.”
But in a stunning rebuke, Greg Gutfeld said on his self-titled Fox News show Friday that the Times is flat-out wrong.
The CDC isn’t catching up to science, Gutfeld told Americans watching. “They’re finally catching up to you,” the Fox host said.
Playing it safe
According to Gutfeld, the CDC and other government officials became “obsessed with the slightest risks” of COVID-19 over the last year, and they based their recommendations on that.
They were playing it safe, Gutfeld said, but that isn’t leading. “That’s your 75-year-old Aunt Tilly backing out of her driveway. Leaders take risks,” he said in an op-ed adapted from his Friday monologue.
Gutfeld claims that the CDC changed its guidance because people all over the country were “ditching their masks,” and the agency was being left behind.
“We always knew that COVID doesn’t spread outdoors,” the host explained, according to Fox. “We also knew that vaccination was supposed to eliminate risk of spread, which was motivation for getting it.”
Gutfeld went on: “A leader must face obstacles head-on and if they fail, be willing to take the fall.”
It’s the economy, CDC
Gutfeld is onto something here, and it was known long before the CDC updated its guidance that getting a vaccine for COVID-19 greatly mitigates the risk of dying from the disease. According to Insider, roughly 1 in 1 million fully vaccinated people have died from the coronavirus since the shots were first administered. One in a million!
Of course, the Fox host did miss one important reason the CDC changed its mind: the economy has taken a turn for the worse. Inflation has suddenly exploded, according to reports, and millions remain unemployed, collecting government checks, while 8.1 million jobs go unfilled across the country, MarketWatch notes.
Under previous CDC guidance, people had the legitimate excuse that it wasn’t safe to go to work, but now they are being given a different choice: get vaccinated and go back to work — or don’t get vaccinated, but now the risk is on you. It wouldn’t be surprising to see additional incentives to get people back to work, including accelerated school and daycare reopenings and maybe even a rescinding of extra weekly unemployment benefits from the federal government, as has been proposed by some Republicans.
After all, Biden has enough problems in his administration. He can’t afford to let the economy sink, too.