Coronavirus has officially reached the USA.
COVID-19 has been confirmed in at least 34 states and the District ofColumbia.
There have been 21 confirmed deaths in the USA from the virus.
But elected officials—as well as some members of the media—have consistently been choking on their own feet while dealing with the pandemic.
Rick Santelli on CNBC came under fire for suggesting that the easiest way to deal with the outbreak was just to infect everybody with the virus so that the healthy could "get over it."
Santelli—an editor for CNBC News Network since 1999—gained a lot of negative attention after a 2009 rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was credited with the emergence of the far-right "Tea Party" movement during the Obama administration.
@CerrieJerrie @CNBC Any channel with such an editor should go bankrupt. Just switch them off for good.— Mytwocts (@Mytwocts)1583522557.0
@CerrieJerrie @Teach3ca @CNBC That's a man who is frightened.— Suzanne Evans (@Suzanne Evans)1583508577.0
@CerrieJerrie @CNBC Wow, just wow. @CNBC this guy should fired.— Daniel Bullock (@Daniel Bullock)1583508675.0
@CerrieJerrie @CNBC Let's see, you're suggesting that we overwhelm all healthcare systems and increase the death ra… https://t.co/9VuCwmVJOv— Aaa Nnn (@Aaa Nnn)1583453646.0
Coronavirus is infectious enough and manifests so differently in patients that it is estimated that up to 70% of the world's population will be infected with the strain, but not everybody will experience severe symptoms.
Therefore, people won't go in for a costly doctor's visit and may go to work with the symptoms and infect more vulnerable populations.
@rationalsquad @Unsult1 @CNBC So Rick wants 2 to 3% of the world to die from the virus so his stocks could stabiliz… https://t.co/fiUHoAgHl7— Cavsuwv (@Cavsuwv)1583442073.0
@rationalsquad @CNBC We really need businessmen running our country 🙄 🙄 “Just let #CoronaVirus infect us all so… https://t.co/UoVxHEl0g0— John B. (@John B.)1583440638.0
@rationalsquad @CNBC THIS is how the GOP thinks. For those new never trumpers acting like the GOP was fine before… https://t.co/tUnWdbLiX7— Kim- GOP Left Us (@Kim- GOP Left Us)1583453889.0
@rationalsquad @AyeTeaGuy @CNBC Mortality rate would be much, much higher than 2%. It's 2% right now because seriou… https://t.co/ktC86J0bMH— NeilN (@NeilN)1583454862.0
Santelli later went on record to recant his outrageous idea, saying that "It was just a stupid thing to say."
"It is not appropriate in this instance, and we are resilient, both in the United States and in the globe, and that resilience will get us through."
Why are people sorry for stating what they believe in, we should not accept the apology. https://t.co/sSI28xbnJt— Khandani Msibi (@Khandani Msibi)1583574522.0
If you're not having to make an apology like this to save your job you're doing okay. https://t.co/HFIEcRoXy5— Randy Milholland (@Randy Milholland)1583589666.0
@RickSantelli If a professional 30 year,in the business, journalist can be forced off the air by a woman complainin… https://t.co/BZJq24phzx— D.B.Place (@D.B.Place)1583562801.0
The outbreak is still very much in its early stages. So far, eight states have officially declared a state of emergency for Coronavirus.
The Dow Jones Industrial average tanked on Thursday afternoon due to the outbreak. The greater global consequences remain to be seen.