Virologist warns that ‘Barbenheimer’ cinema rush may spark a COVID surge as followers flock to theaters for Barbie and Oppenenheimer

Massive crowds packing cinemas for Barbie and Oppenheimer may spark one other COVID surge, a high virology professor has warned.


Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the Nationwide Faculty of Tropical Medication and famous advocate for sturdy measures towards COVID infections, admitted his warning wouldn’t be effectively obtained.

‘To not be a Debbie Downer…however anybody frightened a couple of post-Barbie Field Workplace Covid bump? Or post-Oppie?’ he requested his 465,000 Twitter followers.


‘We’ll in all probability by no means know since nobody appears to be conserving monitor of such issues anymore. Sustain along with your boosters and discover a pink N-95 or KN-95 when you can.’

Dr. Peter Hotez mentioned he knew he was being a ‘Debbie Downer,’ however warned individuals to take care in the event that they have been packing cinemas to see Barbie or Oppenheimer


Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is the largest movie opening to date this yr

Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy, has additionally drawn massive crowds to film theatres

Each movies opened this weekend to widespread acclaim and enormous crowds.

Barbie was the largest opening of the yr, with $162 million on the field workplace, whereas Oppenheimer took $82 million.

The surge in cinema attendance comes as COVID hospitalization charges trended barely up final week however remained massively under their ranges of even a yr in the past.

Within the week of July 15, a complete nationwide of seven,109 individuals have been admitted to the hospital with COVID. By comparability, this week final yr noticed 45,000 individuals admitted.

Hotez made headlines in June when Democrat long-shot presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a famous anti-vaxxer, challenged the physician to a debate on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

That led Rogan, too, to problem Hotez to a debate.

Hotez mentioned he would fortunately seem on Rogan’s present, however wouldn’t interact in a circus combat with Kennedy.

The suggestion of a Hotez-Kennedy debate sparked a web-based frenzy, and noticed Hotez challenged at his house by Alex Rosen, a self-proclaimed ‘impartial journalist’ who works for a web site referred to as ‘Predator Poachers.’

Rosen, after exchanging pleasantries, requested Hotez why he would not debate Kennedy.

‘Aw come on, that is harassing,’ Hotez replied.

‘I am simply curious, nothing hostile, simply curious,’ responded Rosen.

Hotez says he is been stalked exterior his house, as one right-wing commentator posted a video confronting him

Hotez mentioned he hadn’t decided, saying Rogan ‘simply invited me, so we’ll see. We’ll give it some thought.’

After repeating he felt Hotez ought to debate, Rosen requested: ‘What do you say to individuals who assume they’re vaccine injured?’

Hotez, clearly perturbed, started to shut his gate and began to stroll away from Rosen.

‘Ugh I simply was stalked in entrance of my house by a few anti-vaxers taunting me to debate RFK Jr,’ he tweeted.

‘After all I used to be wanting my Sunday finest in our brutal warmth wave. What’s it with individuals?’

Kennedy within the interview on Rogan’s podcast repeated his debunked claims that widespread childhood vaccines trigger autism, which Hotez referred to as ‘simply terrible’.

Hotez added: ‘It is clear many really imagine this nonsense.’

Rogan fired again with a problem: ‘Peter, when you declare what RFK Jr. is saying is ‘misinformation’ I’m providing you $100,000.00 to the charity of your alternative when you’re keen to debate him on my present with no time restrict.’

Rogan’s interview with Kennedy drew backlash from Hotez who objected to vaccine issues calling it ‘simply terrible’ as he lamented ‘it is clear many really imagine this nonsense.’

RFK Jr. appeared on Rogan’s podcast, repeating his debunked claims that widespread childhood vaccines trigger autism

In a number of tweets, Hotez indicated his willingness to look on Rogan’s podcast, which reaches a large viewers of hundreds of thousands on Spotify.

‘I am comfortable to return on and have a significant dialogue. I respect you and your present and I do not need an adversarial relationship. I feel we are able to make some progress,’ tweeted Hotez.

‘And I am open to various completely different choices, however to be pressured to offer you a solution on Twitter, now, with a ‘take it or depart it’ demand that is not how I work. Actually, I do not even assume that might be in your finest pursuits,’ he wrote.

Kennedy additionally indicated his willingness to have interaction, tweeting: ‘Peter. Let’s lastly have the respectful, congenial, informative debate that the American individuals deserve.’