Illinois governor calls out virus hoax believers

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker rebuked residents who believe the virus is a hoax, saying that hospitals in the state are filling up and are in danger of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. (Nov. 18)

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JB PRITZKER: The rate of increase in hospitalizations as well as our case numbers has hastened from a linear rate to now an exponential rate of growth. Too many people still seem to think that COVID-19 is a hoax. Now, health care workers are experiencing verbal assaults by people who come to the hospital suffering from COVID-19. Doctors and nurses tell me that some people who come into emergency rooms with COVID, sometimes struggling to breathe, are screaming at hospital workers about how the disease is a political hoax or some sort of hospital profit scheme.