Microphone bully Alan Jones clearly thinks himself a genius because, in addition to believing he knows more than all the climate scientists on the planet, now he is telling epidemiologists that they do not know what they are talking about with regard to COVID-19. This was made clear when he said that COVID-19 is just ‘the health version of global warming’ and added “Unless I’m moving in different circles, the almost universal reaction I am getting is that we have gone mad.”2
Despite this denial of the seriousness of COVID-19, his radio station 2GB has taken the extraordinary measure of sending 78-year-old Jones and his equally silly stablemate 65-year-old Ray Hadley, to their respective rural properties in Fitzroy Falls and Dural, from where they are supposed to continue their radio broadcasts remotely3. Jones would be unlikely to survive an encounter with COVID-19 given his age and considerable underlying medical conditions, and Hadley would also be at risk. The COVID-19 death rate of people in their 70s is about 8%, while the death rate of people in their 60s is 3.4%.4
As he himself indicates, Jones clearly does move in odd circles; mostly ever decreasing circles of gullibility, ignorance, sycophancy and narcissism. Eventually, if COVID-19 doesn’t get him, he will disappear up his own fundament. Jones is one of those people who has an overwhelming sense of his own worth, and a very low opinion of his audience. This is clearly illustrated by the fact that he seems quite happy to take precautions to avoid COVID-19, when he said “I am actually broadcasting away from Sydney at the moment because all sorts of precautions are being taken”3, but thinks the hoi polloi needn’t bother.