Gunnar Nelson has taken an issue with coronavirus lockdowns around the country, saying it was “stupid” for the United States to shut down at the beginning of the pandemic and cause “a lot of businesses” to go under.
Speaking about how destructive COVID-19 is, compared with other contagious respiratory illnesses, Gunnar told Australia’s The Rockpit (hear audio below): “Dude, I already had it. It’s the flu. It’s not a big deal. I’m telling you. It’s really not. It’s not a big deal at all. My whole family had it. It’s not a big deal.
“We all know who the high-risk people are. Of course, somebody who’s going through cancer treatment, or if they made some lifestyle choices that put them at risk or whatever, of course, they should stay home. I get it. But it’s the flu. What can I say? It’s the flu.”
“We’re social creatures,” he continued. “I think the most difficult thing, to be honest with you… I don’t know if you guys [in Australia] had mandates of lockdowns and stuff. We did here in the beginning of this whole thing, which I think was stupid for our country to do, and a lot of businesses went under.
“Then that breeds alcoholism and drug addiction and despair in general. I think it’s just really been tough on humans, ’cause we’re social creatures. It’s just very difficult to not trust your neighbor and to not socialize with them. It’s gonna have an impact.”