Miami Beach Commissioner – Deliberately Infect First Responders with COVID-19

There are some liberals…wait most liberals… that have not one shred of common sense anywhere in their bodies. Ricky Arriola, Miami Beach Commissioner, is one such individual. The Miami New Times reported that on March 13, he suggested that first responders be deliberately infected with COVID-19- the Coronavirus. So they can “get immunity.” He thinks first responders should “take one for the team.” Like they don’t do that already every day.

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Screenshot of Ricky Arriola via National Fraternal Order of Police

Are there any doctors in the audience? (silence) I don’t know. ‘Cause I’ve reached out to a couple of doctor friends to confirm. I don’t know yet, but I’ve been trying to research and no one’s answered the question: Do you develop — once you have the coronavirus, assuming you make it through — do you have immunity? Some doctors have told me yes.

To the extent that that is true, might we start thinking about — it’s dangerous but bold — it’s like a chickenpox, thank you, with our first responders voluntarily taking one for the team, going through the two weeks — guys, we’ve got to be serious about this — and then developing the immunity? … It is our job to think boldly, and we’ve got to start thinking about this.

Ricky Arriola, Miami Beach Commissioner

 Pay close attention to the “assuming you make it through” part. He thinks his idea is “bold.”

Mr. Arriola responded to the uproar he caused by saying that the comment was taken out of context.

No, it wasn’t “taken out of context” Mr. Arriola. One Twitter user called him on his ridiculous idea:

“The Chief Medical Officer of the UK is not recommending that people deliberately get exposed. As it is, the CMO’s statements have been heavily criticized by experts in the UK, US, and Asia, who recommend social distancing to slow down infections to protect hospital capacity.” @lexnyc1

The Chief Medical Officer of the UK, Sir Patrick Vallance, holds the theory that “herd immunity” can be used to protect people. The difficulty is that it is totally unknown whether people get immunity once they have contracted the virus – in fact, some people have actually tested positive twice for it.

The National Fraternal Order of Police had something to say about this Miami Beach Commissioner  and his hair brained idea as they posted the video of his statement:

**Watch! As we have a police officer in Texas in critical condition, fighting for his life, from contracting the coronavirus, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola suggests we purposely infect first responders with the virus.

Let us assure you, there is nothing bold about intentionally infecting human beings with a pandemic just because of who they are. Police Officers “take one for the team” everyday commissioner. Purposely harming us and our families with your idiotic idea is not what anyone expects of our elected officials. The entire first responder community deserves an apology for your disgusting and dangerous remarks. #Coronavirus #Covid19

There are two first responders in different cities currently fighting for their lives in critical condition from the virus- one firefighter in San Jose and one police officer in Texas, although Fox26 did not mention it was a police officer. Several other firefighters in San Jose and some of their family members have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Ricky Arriola told the Miami New Times,

“What are we gonna do in the event that our first responders start getting either exposure to the virus or catch the virus and we lose 25 percent, 50 percent of our first responders?” he posits. “If we’re in a state of curfew or martial law and we have 50 percent of our first responders, what do we do?”

That’s why, according to the commissioner, it might make sense to expose willing first responders to the virus in a controlled setting with medical supervision.

Miami’s Mayor has tested positive for COVID-19, but has virtually no symptoms.

Panic is not an answer to this virus. Some people end up in the hospital in critical condition. Others are virtually symptom free.

Mr. Arriola says he would volunteer…let’s have him be the guinea pig.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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