The following article by Steve MacDonald has been republished with permission from GraniteGrok.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked both New Hampshire and Vermont to test white-tailed deer for COVID19, and before you laugh, deer have been found carrying antibodies.
In its study, released in July, the inspection service tested 481 deer in Illinois, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania and found COVID-19 antibodies in 33% of the samples.
“We do not know how the deer were exposed” to the virus, the study said. “It’s possible they were exposed through people, the environment, other deer, or another animal species.”
The “experts” don’t want anyone to panic, which would sort of be a first, but they don’t think deer can spread COVID to people. To that, I say this. First, unless I misunderstand things, flus cannot be eradicated because they have animal reservoirs.
The study said that based on available information, the risk of deer and other animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low. It also said there were no reports of clinical illness in the deer populations surveyed, and that captive deer “experimentally infected” with the virus as part of a USDA Agricultural Research Service study didn’t show clinical signs of illness.
Second, for the sake of the deer, I hope it’s not them.
The FDA, CDC, and DoA might suggest we get them all inoculated, and the animal rights people will find themselves at cross purposes.
COVID jabs kill people (of which they most likely approve) but might kill the deer (which they don’t). Can you be pro-jab for some mammals and not others?
Perhaps they can distract from their guilt by complaining about how “white-tailed deer” sounds racist.