On March 1, Joyce and his wife took a cruise to Spain. Joyce was a fan of Fox News, especially host Sean Hannity, who declared on air that Americans were getting “unnecessarily” scared by “this new hoax,” Bellafante wrote. Eventually, Fox “took the virus more seriously, but the Joyces were long gone by then.” That is, Joyce died because he listened to Fox News.
Yet the Joyces were actually long gone by the time Hannity said those words, March 9. And there’s no indication their decision had anything to do with Fox or that Joyce contracted the coronavirus on the cruise.
Meanwhile, guess who else downplayed the virus. That’s right: Ginia Bellafante.
“I fundamentally don’t understand the panic,” she tweeted on Feb. 27. “Virus is not deadly in vast majority of cases.”