Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Bill O’Reilly blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday for testing more than 100,000 Americans for a new virus strain of coronavirus, saying the tests “are the equivalent of putting 100,001 people on a death watch.”
“This is a big deal,” Baier said.
“The CDC says that it tested 100,002 people.
What are you going to do with that?
And we have no idea what the numbers are for 100,003 people.
The CDC says it has tested 20 million Americans.
What do you do with a 20 million people test?”
O’Reilly said, “You’re testing them in isolation.
What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Do you test people in a laboratory, or in a community?
That is the equivalent to putting 100 people on death watch.
It’s going to be a disaster.””
What are you testing for?
Are you testing to see if there are coronaviruses in the country?
Are these people sick?
What the heck is going on?”
Baier agreed, saying, “That’s like putting a 100 million people on the death watch in an emergency.”
Baier and O’Reillys panelists, both former Fox News staffers, took issue with the CDC’s claims that coronaviremia tests are done by randomly picking people in large swaths of the country.
Baiers pointed out that the tests were run through the National Center for Biosecurity (NCB), which is part of the Centers For Disease Control, but that the results are still being evaluated by the CDC.
The NCB was created in 2003 to test the public for coronaviral diseases.
The agency also tested for COVID-19, a virus that has since spread throughout the United States.
“It seems to me you can’t be so sure of what the number of people on that death watch is until you go through the numbers and see if they are sick,” Baiers said.
O’Neil said the tests are meant to test people to see how they are feeling.
“This test is like putting 20 million citizens on a killing watch, because you’re testing for coronapay virus and you’re not going to know whether you have a high-risk person in your community, or a low-risk,” he said.
The panelists also said the CDC tests are not scientifically sound and may be misleading because of how they were designed.
“I have never seen a testing tool for a coronavivirus strain like this that hasn’t failed me,” O’Brien said.
“You have a test for COVI-19 that tests for coronovirus, but you don’t test for it for COVR-19 because that is a virus, and that is why you have coronaviolosis, which is a type of coronoviral infection that has not been detected in the US in the past,” Baies said.
Baier said he is not worried about how the testing will affect the people who were tested, noting that the test only tested for coronasviruses, not other strains.
“The whole point of testing people for coronvirus is to see who is at risk for getting COVID, and we know that is only the beginning of the story,” Baied said.