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Trump-loving publication pitches ‘voluntary infection’ as ‘outside the box’ solution to COVID-19 pandemic

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The Federalist, a right-wing publication that is one of President Donald Trump’s most reliable defenders, has published an editorial that advocates deliberately spreading the coronavirus in a “controlled” manner as part of a strategy to end the pandemic more quickly.

The editorial, written by an Oregon-based dermatologist named Douglas Perednia, argues that social distancing will do too much harm to America’s economy, and that more “outside the box” measures are required to curb the disease.

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The solution, he writes, is controlled voluntary infection.

“CVI involves allowing people at low risk for severe complications to deliberately contract COVID-19 in a socially and medically responsible way so they become immune to the disease,” he writes. “People who are immune cannot pass on the disease to others.”

He then compares his proposal to the “chicken pox parties” that parents use to develop herd immunity among groups of children by deliberately exposing them to the disease.

“All the neighborhood children were invited to play with the infected child with the understanding that they would probably become infected as a result,” he writes. “The entire community would get the disease out of the way in one little local epidemic. Since many childhood diseases are far more severe if contracted as an adult, voluntary infection minimized the potential for future adverse consequences.”

The trouble, however, is that neither chicken pox nor measles require the kind of mass hospitalization that we’re now seeing with COVID-19. Additionally, scientists say that they’re still working to learn more about the virus, and there’s no guarantee that even young people will emerge from it unscathed.

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Despite this, however, Perednia believes that his voluntary coronavirus infection plan’s “possibilities are endless.”


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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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