Michael Osterholm, President Joe Biden’s top COVID-19 adviser on the 2020 campaign trail, is engaging in yet another round of fearmongering about the Wuhan virus in the United States despite his history of failed predictions.
“First of all, let me say that at this time, we really are in a Category 5 hurricane status with regard to the rest of the world,” Osterholm said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “At this point, we will see in the next two weeks the highest number of cases reported globally since the beginning of the pandemic. In terms of the United States, we’re just at the beginning of this surge. We haven’t even really begun to see it yet.”
In addition to making bold predictions about case numbers in the United States, the director for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy also praised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky for being a “truth-teller” and said the message sent out by health experts at the agency “was completely consistent [about vaccines], although it may confuse the public.”
“When you get vaccinated, it’s like buying a fireproof suit that works 90 to 95 percent of the time, but it doesn’t work all the time. So why want to walk into a big fire if you don’t have to? What they’re basically saying is, yes, if you are vaccinated, you can start opening up a lot of things in your life that you couldn’t do before. But now, if you know you’re going to be walking into a fire, why do it?” Osterholm questioned. “Get vaccinated. That’s your fireproof suit, but don’t put yourself in harm’s way unnecessarily because it’s not going to be foolproof.”
This is not the first time Osterholm made sweeping claims and issued false prophecies about the coronavirus. Similar to his most recent declarations, Osterholm compared the state of the pandemic to a “Category 5 or higher” hurricane in January and warned that while cases seemed to be declining, “450 miles offshore … [a] hurricane’s coming.”
Osterholm also targeted conservative states and leaders for their anti-lockdown policies, despite his own flip-flopping on the issue. Not only did he wrongly pin specific states such as Florida and South Dakota as prime targets for outbreaks due to “pseudoscience” policies, but Osterholm also sowed doubt that COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution could “occur quickly.”