Tucker Carlson Compares COVID to Prostate Cancer

In a week in which the U.S. death toll from COVID passed 800,000—more than the population of Seattle, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson said people should stop talking about the disease because it's "boring."

During his monologue on Thursday, Carlson told viewers he wanted to give people a piece of advice, which was: "If you find yourself living in a place where people are still talking about COVID non stop two years in, it is time to move."

"Not because your neighbors have been brainwashed, but obviously they have been, but because your neighbors are boring," he said. "At this point, it simply is not an interesting topic for your private life."

"Yes, COVID has killed a lot of people, so has prostate cancer," Carlson said. "Imagine telling everybody about your prostate every day.

"People would know you are a narcissist, no one would sit next to you at dinner, you would be boorish," he said.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 2018, the latest year for which data are available, 31,488 men died of prostate cancer, out of 211,893 cases.

As of Friday, the U.S. death toll from COVID was 824,520 and there are on average over 120,000 new infections being recorded per day.

However, within the context of these astronomical figures, Carlson said that talking about COVID "incessantly" meant that people "miss everything else" in this "big and complicated and completely fascinating world."

These include "babies being born, people dying of old age"—suggesting a COVID cause for mortality is less interesting. "In between, all kinds of amazing things happen."

"Human beings do a remarkable variety of legitimately interesting things. Talking about corona is not one of them, so let's stop."

Carlson and his network has been accused of peddling misinformation about COVID and mitigation measures against the disease. He hasn't revealed publicly whether he has been vaccinated.

In September, he said that a vaccination mandate imposed by President Joe Biden was an attempt to eliminate "men with high testosterone."

He has also claimed that the jab wasn't good for college students and that COVID is not a threat for young people, although he has said the vaccine "does have benefits" in reducing the disease's severity.

The CDC has said COVID vaccines are safe, provide essential protection and it recommends that Americans get the jab "as soon as you can."

Newsweek has contacted the CDC for comment.

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Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson at Time Warner Center on November 29, 2017, in New York City. He said on Tucker Carlson Tonight that "incessant" talk about COVID was "boring." Roy Rochlin/Getty