We Don’t Care That A Vaxxed Brett Kavanaugh Has COVID, Because COVID Is No Longer News

We Don’t Care That A Vaxxed Brett Kavanaugh Has COVID, Because COVID Is No Longer News

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh reportedly tested positive for COVID, raising the very important question: WHO CARES?!

It apparently has to be said that testing positive for COVID is not in itself newsworthy. In particular if the person has received a vaccine, which Kavanaugh purportedly has.

As of Friday, he hasn’t been hospitalized. He’s not even showing any symptoms, according to a spokeswoman for the court. So, again, who cares?

Wishing him the best, but positive cases shouldn’t be of any particular interest to anyone.

Honestly, unless Dr. Fauci dies of COVID, the entire pandemic is no longer a story. Mentions of it should be relegated to news briefs: “The U.S. is averaging 100,000 positive COVID cases per day. The vast majority, close to 98 percent, will resolve themselves without incident, especially if they’ve received at least one dose of a vaccine. In other news, Britney Spears used her first moments free to post some tasteful nudes on Instagram…”

This has been the case for a very long time. The totals of deaths and new infections are meaningless anymore. The numbers will of course only go up but what matters is that 1) there are three highly effective vaccines available and free for anyone who wants them and 2) health care providers are much more adept at treating the severely ill.

Medicine is getting better every day. The same day that Kavanaugh’s infection was made public, pharmaceutical giant Merck announced that it has manufactured a drug that can reduce hospitalization and death of COVID by half.

We know that the new coronavirus is a highly contagious airborne pathogen. It spreads and — though I know I’m not supposed to say this – there’s no stopping it. We also know that 98 percent of people recover from infection. That number is perhaps even higher when you account for people who didn’t realize they caught the bug and thus never tested for it. After a year and a half of knowing this, there’s no reason to be alarmed or even intrigued by those facts.

LeBron James got a shot? Good for him. Is Demi Lovato a man yet?

But of course the media need to act like every new infection, every death, and every famous person with an opinion on vaccination is a headline. If they acted otherwise, Ron DeSantis would have a clear path to the White House. If they stopped hyping up the virus, people might actually start enjoying themselves. They can’t let that happen without a fight. There’s more government welfare they’d like to see distributed.

The pandemic is no longer interesting. It hasn’t been for months. Get well, Kavanaugh. I hope Fauci stays alive, too. But if he doesn’t, that’s when I’ll want to read more about the virus.

Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of "Privileged Victims: How America's Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People."
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