Vikings’ Kirk Cousins calls coronavirus ‘survival of the fittest’

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins made some controversial comments on the coronavirus, according to ESPN. Some pundits on ESPN, including Ryan Clark, have called his comments “tone deaf.”

Cousins during a podcast interview with “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast on Spotify, he said that the virus is the “survival of the fittest,” when it comes to the infectious virus. He said that this is a personal approach, even if it may kill the millionaire.

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“If I die, I die,” he said in the podcast interview. “I kind of have peace about that.”

The interview was made available on Wednesday. In the interview, Cousins admitted that he does not believe in wearing face masks, despite for local ordinances depending people wear masks when they are within six feet of others.

He said that he respects other people’s views on the virus. Early on, there was a belief — if you listen to the mainstream media — from the President Donald Trump, who called the virus the Democrats ‘new hoax,’ at least according to several reports online from legit news gathering organizations.

However, Snopes, which debunks a lot of theories, said it was a mixture of the truth and a lie. Snopes said what’s false is that “despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax.”

When approached about potentially getting the virus, he said he doesn’t believe he’ll get it.

“I’m not going to call anybody stupid, for the trouble it would get me in,” Cousins said. “But I’m about a .000001. I want to respect what other people’s concerns are. For me personally, just talking, no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I’m gonna go about my daily life. If I get it, I’m going to ride it out. I’m gonna let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peach about that.”

The starting quarterback did say during the podcast that wearing a mask is ‘really about being respectful to other people.’

“It really has nothing to do with my own personal thoughts,” he said.

The NFL is going to attempt to open their season on Sept. 10th with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans. The league will then have a full weekend of play on Sept. 13th.

During the podcast, he was asked what if somebody sneezed in a huddle.

“I even think within the building, there’s gonna be a dichotomy of people who couldn’t care less about the virus, have no concern about it, have never lost a minute of sleep about it,” he said. “And then you get people on the other side of the spectrum who, every second of every day, they’re consumed with fear about it.

“What you don’t know is who’s where on the spectrum when you first go back.”

This past weekend, the CDC released data that showed approx. 10,000 people of the deaths were from the coronavirus by itself. However, the rest of the deaths, which is more than 150,000 in total, died from 2-3 underlying health conditions and advanced age with the virus helping cause their death.

“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the report reads.

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