by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
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.