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Mike Rowe Answers a Fan Letter About COVID-19 — It Probably Wasn’t the Answer They Expectedq
redstate ^ | 7/24/2020 | Becca Lower

Posted on 07/25/2020 6:06:40 AM PDT by Eddie01

Many Americans got to know Mike Rowe as the host of “Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe,” which ran from 2005 to 2012 on the Discovery Channel — almost 170 episodes of him trying his hand at the grimiest, craziest professions he could find. Then he moved on to CNN (now TBN) with “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” The show keeps chugging along, now in its fourth season. The listing at the Internet Movie Database describes it this way:

Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It brings viewers face-to-face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics-people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.

These days, Rowe hosts an online show, as well – “Returning the Favor,” now in its fourth season on Facebook Watch, which has him “travel[ing] the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities.”

Many people know he also oversees mikeroweWORKS Foundation, his nonprofit organization which promotes skilled labor instead of a one-size-fits-all road to a four-year college degree. The foundation has been giving away scholarships to people who feel more suited to that kind of work — and in typical, Mike Rowe fashion, instead of being fancy, they call it “a pile of money.” It just part of why Americans love Rowe and what he does.

Another fantastic way to get a dose of Mike Rowe’s laid back, “aw shucks” sense of humor is to read the fan mail he shares sometimes on his Facebook page. Here’s the latest one I’ve read, which was posted late on Wednesday, it appears. If you aren’t familiar with the format, a viewer drops Rowe a question online, and he spins a stem-winder of an answer on his page. You always finish reading it with a feeling of delight — and that you learned something at the same time.

This time, the fan asked Mike a question about the Wuhan coronavirus… and I’m not too sure she got the answer she expected.

She wrote:

“Mike. In a recent post, you said you’ve been to Tennessee and Georgia, giving speeches and filming for your new show. Before that, you were on the road shooting for Dirty Jobs. Is it really so important to film a television show in the midst of pandemic? Is it responsible of you to encourage this kind of behavior when infection rates are spiking? Don’t you watch the news? More and more cases every day – aren’t you concerned?

Darlene Gabon

As I mentioned, he takes his time. Stick with it to the end — it’s worth it.

Rowe replied:

“Hi Darlene

Of course, I’m concerned. I’m just not petrified.

On March 15th, the day after my part of the country was locked down, I posted a link to an interview with Dr. Michael Osterholm. I’m posting it again, because I believe you and everyone else in the country would benefit from listening carefully to what he has to say.

Dr. Osterholm is the Director of Infectious Disease Research and Policy. This is the same epidemiologist who ten years ago, predicted a coronavirus would come from China and turn our country upside down. In his book “Deadliest Enemies,” he anticipated the utterly irresponsible way in which the media would report on the situation, the completely opportunistic and shamelessly political way our leaders would likely react, and the unprecedented chaos and confusion that would arise from all the mixed messages from the medical community. His resume is unexampled,, and his analysis of the situation is the most logical and persuasive of any I’d heard so far. He’s also the only expert I know of who hasn’t walked back his numbers, reconsidered his position, or moved the goalposts with regard to what we must do, what we can do, and what he expects to happen next. I say all of this because Dr. Osterholm publicly predicted – in early MArch – that we could conservatively see over 100 million COVID cases in this country, with a very strong possibility of 480,000 fatalities – even if we successfully “flattened the curve.”

It took me a few weeks to accept this scenario, because 480,000 fatalities is a frightening number, and [a] lot of other experts were saying lots of conflicting things. But eventually, I came to the conclusion that Dr. Osterholm was probably correct, and quickly navigated the four stages of grief that usually precede acceptance – denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. By late April, I had come to accept Dr. Osterholm’s predictions as a matter of fact. Since then, I’ve had three full months to come to terms with the fact that, a) I am probably going to get COVID-19 at some point, b), I am almost certainly going to survive it, and c), I might very well give it to someone else.

I hope that doesn’t sound blasé, or glib, or fatalistic, or selfish. Four-hundred eighty thousand deaths is an obvious tragedy, and I’m deeply sympathetic to all who have been impacted thus far. I’m also very concerned for my parents, and everyone else in a high risk category. But when Dr. Osterholm says that COVID can be slowed but not stopped, I believe him. When he says a vaccine will not necessarily hasten herd immunity, I believe him. And when he says that people have confused “flattening the curve” with “eliminating the virus,” I believe him.

Thus, for the last three months, I’ve been operating from the assumption that this is a year-round virus that’s eventually going to infect 100 million people and kill roughly 1/2 of one percent of those infected, conservatively. I’ve accepted those numbers. Unfortunately, millions of others have not. Many people have no sense of where this is headed, and I understand why. They’ve been betrayed by a hysterical media that insists on covering each new reported case as if it were the first case. Every headline today drips with dread, as the next doomed hotspot approaches the next “grim milestone.” And so, for a lot of people, everyday is Groundhogs [sic] Day. They’re paralyzed by the rising numbers because the numbers have no context. They don’t know where it will end. But Dr. Osterholm says he does, and I’m persuaded that he’s correct. He might be wrong, and frankly, I hope he is, but either way, he’s presented us with a set of projections based on a logical analysis, and accepting those projections has allowed me to move past denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, and get on with my life with a better understanding of what the risks really are.

Fact is, we the people can accept almost anything if we’re given the facts, and enough time to get evaluate the risk and make our own decisions. Last year in this country, there were six million traffic accidents and 36,000 fatalities. Tragic, for sure. But imagine for a moment if no one had ever died from a car accident. Imagine if this year, America endured six million traffic accidents and 36,000 fatalities…for the first time ever. Now, imagine if these accidents and fatalities – over 16,000 and 90 per day respectively – imagine if they were reported upon like every new incidence of COVID. What would that do to our willingness to drive? For a while, I suspect it would keep us all off the roads, right? I mean, six million accidents out of the blue is a lot to process, and 36,000 deaths is scary – especially if you don’t know how high that number could get. It would take us a while to access the risk, before we blindly hopped into our cars again. Eventually though – after getting some context and perspective – we’d be able to evaluate the relative danger of operating a motor vehicle. Then, we could decide for ourselves when to drive, where to drive, and how much to drive. And so we do.

Again, don’t misunderstand. I’m not ignoring COVID, or downplaying COVID, or pretending the risks at hand aren’t real. Nor am I comparing COVID cases to car accidents – I’m simply comparing the fear of each to the other, and the fear that always accompanies uncertainty. I don’t want to get this disease or give it to someone else, any more than I want to be in a car car wreck that injures someone else. But I’ve accepted certain things about the pandemic, and now, I’ve gotten used to the risk as I understand it. I take precautions. I get tested as often as I can, and if I can’t physically distance, I wear a mask – especially around higher risk people. Likewise, I wear a seatbelt, obey the speed limits, and check my mirrors before changing lanes. Yes – I’m aware that we’d all be a lot safer if we kept our cars in the garage. I’m also aware we’d be a lot safer if we all kept ourselves in the house. But that’s not why cars, or people, exist.

Anyway Darlene, that’s a long way of saying that I have accepted Dr. Osterholm’s numbers, and now, after three months of acceptance, I’ve made a decision on how I wish to live my life. Sooner or later, you will too. We all will.


PS. My foundation is selling masks to raise money for our next work-ethic scholarship program. They’re going fast.

I’m going to bet that, like Mike Rowe, you hope Darlene and everyone else in the country takes a listen to the doctor’s advice, too.

TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: covid19; mikerowe; osterholm; wuhanplague
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Big Mike Rowe fan
1 posted on 07/25/2020 6:06:40 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Eddie01

Covid will be gone Nov 4 of this year. If Biden wins all will return to normal within a week. Do I have any bets?

2 posted on 07/25/2020 6:11:50 AM PDT by Singermom
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To: Eddie01

Six paragraphs to get to the subject. Writing is dead.

3 posted on 07/25/2020 6:12:19 AM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: FirstFlaBn

I don’t know, I thought his writing was excellent and the way he made the point was unassailable.

4 posted on 07/25/2020 6:17:05 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: Eddie01

Osterholm Update: COVID-19
Episode 17: Reopening Schools Part 2 July 23, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest COVID-19 trends in the United States, guidance for schools looking to reopen, questions regarding the durability of SARS-CoV-2 immunity, and clarify CIDRAP’s position on cloth face coverings.

5 posted on 07/25/2020 6:17:47 AM PDT by tired&retired (Blessings)
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To: tired&retired

The Osterholm Update: COVID-19
Episode 1: How We Got Here (March 24, 2020)
Episode 2: The Global Coronavirus Response (March 31, 2020)
Episode 3: Preparing For What’s To Come (April 8, 2020)
Episode 4: The Reality of Testing (April 14, 2020)
Episode 5: Living with the Virus (April 22, 2020)
Episode 6: The Question of Immunity (April 29, 2020)
Episode 7: Pandemic Wave Scenarios (May 6, 2020)
Episode 8: Raring to Reopen (May 12, 2020)
Episode 9: Smart Testing (May 20, 2020)
Episode 10: A New Time for Public Health (May 27, 2020)
Special Episode: Masks and Science (June 3, 2020)
Episode 11: Driven by the Data (June 10, 2020)
Episode 12: A Tale of Two Countries (June 17, 2020)
Episode 13: What I Know and Don’t Know About COVID-19 (June 24, 2020)
Episode 14: Viral Gravity (July 1, 2020)
Episode 15: A Coronavirus Forest Fire (July 10, 2020)
Episode 16: Reopening Schools Part 1 (July 16, 2020)
Episode 17: Reopening Schools Part 2 (July 23, 2020)

6 posted on 07/25/2020 6:18:53 AM PDT by tired&retired (Blessings)
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To: jagusafr

Not Rowe, but Becca.

7 posted on 07/25/2020 6:20:46 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: Singermom

No. You are correct. We are currently in a state of coup d’etat forged by the media and the dhimmicrat party.

8 posted on 07/25/2020 6:21:13 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Eddie01

Ten years this has been on the radar? Yet here we are? Somebodies need to be fired.

9 posted on 07/25/2020 6:22:24 AM PDT by SisterK (its a spiritual war)
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To: Eddie01
Good response. If I might though:

It would take us a while to access the risk

I assume he meant assess, not access.

10 posted on 07/25/2020 6:24:27 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: FirstFlaBn

It’s called story telling

11 posted on 07/25/2020 6:26:19 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Singermom
If Biden wins all will return to normal within a week. Do I have any bets?

Yeah, I will take some of that action. NOTHING will be normal under a Biden presidency. It will be utter chaos.

12 posted on 07/25/2020 6:29:39 AM PDT by BipolarBob (The cost of abortion is a human sacrifice.)
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To: Eddie01

The Russians have a vaccine ready for use in Russia:

13 posted on 07/25/2020 6:31:38 AM PDT by Brian Griffin
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To: tired&retired
Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe Hardcover – September 12, 2000 by Michael T. Osterholm Ph.d (Author), John Schwartz

This book will tell you what that will mean when the inevitable happens, and what we as a nation can and must do now to protect ourselves, our families, and the basic elements of our society that bioterrorism puts at risk.

You will also learn why the billions being spent to combat terrorism miss the mark when it comes to fighting microbial terror. It will show why biological terrorism is becoming so much more likely, and examines the challenges of government response to it.

The book you hold in your hands is a manifesto, urging each of us to prepare for the inevitable or pay a stupendous toll in human lives. It lays out a prescription for survival--for our nation, and for us all.

14 posted on 07/25/2020 6:35:02 AM PDT by tired&retired (Blessings)
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To: SisterK

“Ten years this has been on the radar?”

And more recently:

In 2017, “Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is ‘no doubt’ Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.”

It’almost like Fauci KNEW his invention, Covid-19, would rear it’s head if required to sabotage Trump. He couldn’t have known ... could he?

15 posted on 07/25/2020 6:35:08 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (If 100% of us contracted this Covid Virus only 99.997% would be left to tell our story.)
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To: Eddie01

Us too. He’s a real American treasure.


16 posted on 07/25/2020 6:35:22 AM PDT by Lurker (Peaceful coexistence with the Left is not possible. Stop pretending that it is.)
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To: Eddie01

Rowe 2024.

That’d be top of a wishlist.


17 posted on 07/25/2020 6:41:13 AM PDT by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: Eddie01

Osterholm believes the U.S. is eventually looking at between 800,000 and 1.6 million dead from Covid-19. That means either he expects fatalities to continue at the same rate for another two years or for mortality to accelerate. Neither seems likely to me. In fact I think it would contradict the pattern of all previous pandemics.

18 posted on 07/25/2020 6:45:57 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: BipolarBob

Yeah, I will take some of that action. NOTHING will be normal under a Biden presidency. It will be utter chaos.
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I think he MAY mean it to be like the guy goes to the doctor and says his left leg hurts.

The Doctor probes around, runs a test or two and takes a hammer and smashes his thumb.

“OUCH!! why in the hell did you do that? You ruined my thumb”

“NOT thinking of your Leg are you?”

19 posted on 07/25/2020 6:46:31 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98"HRC is the Grandmother that lures Hansel & Gretel to the pot")
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To: MayflowerMadam

20 years on the radar

20 posted on 07/25/2020 6:47:17 AM PDT by tired&retired (Blessings)
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