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Italian Virologist Says Concerns Over “Racism” Crippled Italy’s Coronavirus Response

Political correctness proves deadly yet again.

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An Italian virologist says that the country’s attempt not to appear “racist” in the early says of the coronavirus outbreak crippled the ability to properly respond to the pandemic.

Professor of Virology and Microbiology at the University of Padova Dr. Giorgio Palù told CNN that measures imposing travel restrictions and border controls were taken too late due to fears over political correctness.

“There was a proposal to isolate people coming from the epicenter, coming from China,” Palù told CNN. “Then it became seen as racist, but they were people coming from the outbreak.”

Italy is now the hardest hit country in the world in terms of coronavirus deaths, with 3,405 people losing their lives.

The need to minimize potential “racism” and “stigmatization” in response to the coronavirus was a policy endorsed by the World Health Organization itself on numerous occasions and adopted by the left-wing Italian government.

As we previously highlighted, the Mayor of Florence launched a nationwide campaign at the start of February encouraging Italians to hug Chinese people on the street to “stem the hatred.”

Footage of the stunt even shows Italians physically removing a Chinese man’s face mask while closely embracing him.

The Mayor even released a Twitter video of himself hugging an awkward-looking Chinese person to promote the campaign, which was launched to “express solidarity with the Chinese community.”

Now Italian hospitals in some areas are completely overwhelmed and the entire country is on lockdown.

This once again underscores how political correctness, which leftists often define as “just being nice to people,” can often have deadly consequences.

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CNN Doctor Says Americans Should Mask Up & Social Distance Every Winter To Beat Flu

Face coverings are here to stay.

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Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician who regularly appears on CNN, says Americans should wear masks and socially distance every winter in order to reduce flu hospitalizations and deaths.

“If we mask and social distance every winter, we will see a dramatic reduction in the flu, which usually causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths,” Offit told the network.

As we previously highlighted, flu cases have virtually disappeared since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with health authorities in England announcing that not a single case of influenza has been detected this year.

However, according to epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski, this is likely due to the fact that many flu infections are being falsely counted as COVID-19 cases.

Last month, Dr. Fauci also said that it’s to be expected Americans will be wearing masks for the rest of this year and into 2022.

A senior U.S. Army official also said that mask wearing and social distancing will become permanent, while CNN’s international security editor Nick Paton Walsh asserted that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent,” “just part of life,” and that the public would need to “come to terms with it.”

Other prominent individuals, such as the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab, have asserted that the world will “never” return to normal after the COVID pandemic.

“There will likely be more voluntary masking after the COVID pandemic has receded, especially during flu season,” writes Evan James. “But it’d be intolerable to expect to live in a “new normal” where masks and social distancing become a routine tool of government control, or where choosing not to mask becomes a cause for social ostracism.”

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Majority of Brits Say They Will “Miss” Some or Many Aspects of Lockdown

Stockholm syndrome?

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A new opinion poll in the UK finds that over half of Brits say they will miss either “some” or “many” aspects of lockdown despite the country now having been under some form of restrictions for nearly a year.

Yes, really.

The YouGov survey asked participants, “Do you think you will or will not miss any aspects of lockdown when it is over?”

9 per cent of respondents said they would miss “many” aspects of lockdown while 46 per cent said they would miss “some” aspects of lockdown – a combined total of 55 per cent.

Just 39 per cent of respondents said they won’t miss any aspects of lockdown.

Previous polls have routinely showed majority or plurality support for lockdown, with little concern for what innumerable observers have called the biggest imposition on civil liberties in British history.

One aspect that many will “miss” about lockdown is undoubtedly getting paid for doing nothing.

Under the government’s furlough scheme, those who can’t work from home have had 80 per cent of their wages covered by the state for almost a year, with that program to be extended until September despite the government saying all restrictions will be lifted by the end of June.

The prospect of having to work for their money will become a reality for some once again soon, although not for all given that the UK’s economy contracted the most in 300 years as a result of the lockdown, leading to 726,000 job losses.

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Leftists Vow to Continue Wearing Masks Despite Gov. Greg Abbott Ending Statewide Mandate

“You should still be wearing masks until NOBODY needs them any more.”

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Numerous Twitter users responded to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he would allow business to open 100% and end the statewide mask mandate by vowing to continue wearing masks indefinitely and boycott businesses that don’t enforce them.

Abbott gave a press conference yesterday during which he said all restrictions would be lifted on March 10.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%.”

However, numerous respondents said they would defy the lifting of the mandate by continuing to cover their faces and demanding others do the same.

Some also asserted that would continue to boycott businesses that don’t enforce mask mandates.

“Dear fellow Texans, please ignore this man. He doesn’t give a damn whether you live or die. He’s concerned with profits — not people. Continue as you were until more people are vaccinated,” asserted one respondent.

“I intend to continue wearing a mask because I am one of the MILLIONS of Texans not yet eligible for vaccination. I also plan to do what I can to NOT give my business to establishments that unmask,” added another.

“Either way I’ll still be wearing mine,” said another.

“I’m of the mind that even if you have gotten fully vaccinated, you should still be wearing masks until NOBODY needs them any more,” said another respondent.

The issue of Coronavirus lockdowns has clearly gone beyond any reasoned debate and devolved into both masks and the restrictions themselves representing a divisive wedge issue.

Many leftists would presumably be happy to continue mask mandates and crippling measures that have wrecked many small businesses forever simply as a way of virtue signaling against Republicans and conservatives.

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