On a private call with business leaders, Perdue compares coronavirus to car accidents and admits more will die while pushing to reopen Georgia
ATLANTA — Today, newly revealed comments by Senator David Perdue to Georgia business leaders include him comparing deaths from coronavirus to car accidents as “a certain number of us will die” from each while also repeating debunked talking points comparing one of the deadliest outbreaks of the last hundred years to “ordinary flu seasons.”
As Vox’s Katelyn Burns notes, the number of deaths in Georgia from coronavirus has already exceeded all deaths from car accidents in Georgia in 2018. And Perdue’s comments directly contradict public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci who’s previously said that comparing coronavirus to traffic accidents was “a false equivalency” and has also quashed claims that the virus is as bad as the flu, noting as early as March that it is at least “10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.” Even President Donald Trump has previously “disputed” the comparison between traffic accidents and coronavirus.
Perdue’s comments only further confirm that Governor* Brian Kemp’s “reckless” and “irresponsible” prioritization of politics over Georgians’ health and safety will continue to put lives at risk — no matter what they want to say behind closed doors.
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