ANGELS – Bill Nye, known for his TV role as a “science guy,” recently criticized Americans who choose not to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
In an interview with Mehdi Hasan of MSNBC, Nye shared his disdain for the attitude of people who refuse to be vaccinated.
“Everyone is saying, ‘It’s not fair to make me wear a mask, it’s not fair to get the vaccine,’” Nye said. “Well, it’s not fair to everyone if you become an incubator for a variant, just forget about it. “
He argued that anyone who is not vaccinated and is infected with COVID-19 is at risk of allowing the virus to mutate inside of them and infect more people.
“The argument that I have made for many years – I’m not the first to make this argument – is that if a person does not get vaccinated and is infected, they will mutate in that person. Nye explained.
Nye previously called on people to trust the science when it comes to the ongoing pandemic.
In December, as deaths and cases reached alarming milestones and vaccines were not readily available in the United States, Nye urged Americans to wear masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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In a video that garnered millions of views, Nye showed a map of the United States, highlighting where people were and not wearing face masks.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 10: Bill Nye attends 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards at BRIC on November 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski / Getty Images)
“Here is a map of the United States. The red ink shows where people are wearing masks, ”Bill Nye began.
“The black ink shows where people get sick from the coronavirus,” Nye continued. “I hope you can see, the fewer masks there are, the more sick there are. “
More than 578,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The average number of new cases per day in the United States fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Already more than 56% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 105 million are fully vaccinated. The United States is currently administering the first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day, half the rate from three weeks ago.
This story was reported from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed to this story.