Earlier this year a little-noticed documentary called “The Last Cruise” hit HBO and HBO Max.
The Hannah Olson-directed feature was short — only 40 minutes, according to RogerEbert.com’s Robert Daniels. The film, assembled with cell phone footage, documents life on board the cruise liner Diamond Princess on a voyage of Asian waters that began in Japan on Jan. 20, 2020 — “the same day when the World Health Organization first reported cases of COVID-19 appearing outside of Wuhan, China,” Daniels noted.
He added that Olson “teases out the claustrophobic fears felt by the passengers and crew, and the bleakness that sprouts when facts are being hidden. The Diamond Princess’ captain might say the situation is ‘under control,’ but when the white hazmat suits do appear at the port, and the stream of suite doors denote the infected by simply saying ‘COVID-19,’ the officials’ opaqueness can only elicit worry for those on-camera.”
After the ship spent 27 days in quarantine in Tokyo Bay, there were a total of 13 deaths and 712 confirmed cases on board, according to Worldometers. The case garnered international attention and became an early symbol of the deadliness of the novel coronavirus.
On March 9, 2020, though, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Americans that it was safe for most people to go on a cruise.
In light of the Diamond Princess experience, that should have been irresponsible enough, especially considering the overcautiousness the left now venerates St. Fauci of NIAID for. However, now that we have a trove of Fauci’s emails thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we know that four days earlier, Fauci recommended the cancelation of religious services when contacted by the head of the National Institute of Mental Health.
In a message sent to NIMH Director Joshua Gordon on March 5, Fauci wrote, “You should counsel the rabbi to cancel the services this [redacted]. Are the local/city/state health departments [redacted] doing any contract tracing?” more