GOP House Candidate: Get The Kids Sick!

GOP HD-61 candidate Kim McGahey.

Kim McGahey, former Summit County school board member and county GOP chairman now running for the Colorado House in HD-61, has got this whole coronavirus pandemic thing figured out! His drop-what-you’re-doing letter to the editor at the Summit Daily News, and we all know newspaper letters to the editor are the gold standard for peer-reviewed cutting edge science, lays it out:

I implore the town councils, county commissioners and Colorado governor to rescind the countywide and statewide lockdowns and allow, even encourage, low-risk COVID-19 people to return to work, open businesses and give our local and regional economies a fighting chance to resuscitate and not languish indefinitely in the current emotional and financial downward spiral. Surely, there must be a way to protect the high-risk group while not sacrificing our constitutional freedoms in the process. We must certainly protect the 3%, but a quarantine on the 97% is misguided over-reach.

According to experts, the low-risk demographics, which include most of Colorado’s population, would recover quickly or not show any symptoms after contracting the virus. The relatively small high-risk group (those older than 70 with underlying conditions like heart or lung ailments) should be excluded from the general population with all due precautions.

But the youthful majority should be allowed to return to work so that at some point 40% to 70% of that population will become naturally immune.

So to be clear, HD-61 GOP House candidate Kim McGahey is in real estate, not medicine. But he’s another textbook example of Republican armchair epidemiology, in good company from Rush Limbaugh’s “it’s the common cold” to Donald Trump’s “it’s a miracle drug.” McGahey read the Wikipedia article on herd immunity and suddenly the solution was obvious: we have to let the kids infect each other!

Dr. Peter Raich of Dillon, an actual doctor, responds to McGahey today:

The concepts expressed in the letter to the editor by Kim McGahey in the April 10 Summit Daily News are misleading and dangerous. Herd immunity does work for certain infectious diseases, primarily through effective immunization programs. When allowed to occur naturally (by allowing children to infect each other), it can also work, but at a high physical and mental cost, such as polio leading to much disability and measles leading to deaths, heart disease and deafness.

Trying to build herd immunity for infectious diseases such as COVID-19, SARS or MERS does not work for various reasons. [Pols emphasis] With a fatality rate of at least 10 times that of influenza, also including many nonelderly who become infected, letting such a disease infect the entire population at once is both irresponsible and dangerous…

The moral of the story: if you’re taking pandemic advice from the letters to the editor section of your local newspaper or your local Republican Party, or even worse both, please refine your own editorial standards.

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  1. MADCO says:

    That's it
    The free market solution. Be brave – it's capitalism and there will be sacrifices. You'll be a hero.

  2. 2Jung2Die says:

    What have you got to lose? Herd immunity worked for Boris Johnson! Oh wait, he wound up in ICU.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Developing "herd immunity" can also be expressed as "thinning the herd".

       

      • MichaelBowman says:

        ^^^this^^^

      • JohnInDenver says:

        “Darwinian selection” ….

        or for the religious minded, it is Fundamentalist Fatalism. (God’s in Control.  When it’s your time to go, it’s time to go”).

        A bit of context:  Summit County has one hospital & one medical center:

         * Saint Anthony Summit Medical Center….Frisco  34 staffed beds

         * Saint Anthony Medical, Breckenridge– don’t know

        A Denver Post article earlier this week included:

        “We only have hospital beds for 15 patients and are expecting a massive influx of sick patients,” Summit County officials wrote in their request last month.

        Estimated population:  31,011 …. 34 beds (kick everyone else out) … 1 per 912 people.  …  LOWEST numbers I’ve seen are

         * 20% get infected in a 10 week “surge.”  6200 infected

         * Half are asymptomatic or can be managed without medical attention (10%) 3100.

         * of the 10%/3,100, half only need medical appointments (1,550).

         * 5% need hospitalization (1,550). 1% need ICU level care (310).  0.5% need ventilators (155). 0.4% eventually die (124).

        So, if the low numbers become real and EVERYTHING is spaced out evenly for the 10 weeks , and no one has to stay in the hospital for more than a week (and NONE of that is likely), that is 155 people needing beds each week, and 34 beds to put them in.  

        Math is hard. 

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    This one’s hardly close to nutter enough for today’s GOP . . .

    . . . “implore [you] to rescind” . . .

    ”Implore”????  ROFL.  Fuxsakes.

    Whatever happened to “dog-given rights,” “The Twelve Amendments,” “sovereign citizens,” “corona-tyranny sanctuaries,” and plain good old-fashioned, “you’re not the boss of me”???!!

    Nope, it’s not hard to see what you’re doing here, Alva — but even our muddleheaded dunderer Moddy has probably already caught the scent of this RINO poser . . . 

    I’ll bet this limp fish didn’t even vote for Ttump in 2012!

     

     

     

  4. davebarnes says:

    I look forward to seeing Kim in church on Sunday with hundreds of other Dumpster® voters. MAGA

  5. Genghis says:

    This shithead is angling hard for the coveted Trump retweet. Words alone probably won't do it, though, even from a Google U. epidemiologist. What he really needs is video of himself licking doorknobs all over his district.

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