Larry Bucshon’s dishonest response to the Coronavirus demonstrates how little he cares about the people of Southwestern Indiana. It is perhaps the most horrendous example yet of how he puts subservience to right wing ideology and Donald Trump before the health and welfare of his constituents. In my book, spreading dangerous disinformation about the Coronavirus makes him guilty of medical malpractice (file a complaint here). I call on him to resign.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, or the CDC, the current risk of getting the coronavirus is considered low.Larry Bucshon in campaign email
Follow that link and you get this:
It is important to note that current circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic.CDC Risk Assessment
Reading Further (yesterday)
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.CDC Risk Assessment
So when Larry Bucshon says that the current risk of getting the coronavirus is low, he is knowingly spreading disinformation about a looming public health disaster. Disinformation that could cause a staggering loss of life, particularly for those 60 and older.
Bucshon, who is one of the more subservient members of Congress, basically echoed his party leader’s lie that the deadly virus is no big deal.
On February 28, Trump said that “within a couple of days, it is going to be down to close to zero.”
As of yesterday, March 10, there were nearly 1000 people in the US diagnosed with the virus, and the number of known cases is increasing exponentially, doubling roughly every three days. If that growth rate were to continue for a month, the number of victims will be over 1 million. If it doubles every 5 days, 64,000 people in the US will have it in a month. (Read about exponential growth of virus here)
Of course those numbers only include those who have been diagnosed. As many who get Coronavirus have either mild symptoms or no symptoms at all – and the Republican response is dishonest and dangerous (Trump recently fired the CDC’s Pandemic response team)– the exponential progression could be staggering.
As your nominal representative in Congress, Larry Bucshon should be telling us to the facts about the Coronavirus, and what we should be doing to protect ourselves) not spreading lies and misinformation. As a physician, he should be held professionally liable for his malpractice.
I trust that Larry Bucshon used to be a decent person, but too many years in Washington, D.C. and too many hours engulfed in extremist right wing ideology have apparently rotted whatever soul he may once have had.