TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Two Sundays ago, a Colorado man called Matt Mooney went to a park near his house to throw a ball with his wife and six-year-old daughter. The park was deserted, which meant the Mooneys were standing alone in a field. The police came anyway. They handcuffed Matt Mooney in front of his family and threw him in the back of a cruiser. By state order, Colorado residents were required to stay stay in their homes. Mooney was outside. So he was taken into custody. The next day, Jared Polis, who is the governor of Colorado, issued an executive order extending his lockdown until the end of April. Polis included no scientific justification for the decision. Instead, he summed up his reasoning with a line fit for a tank top. Quote: Simply put, by staying home, Coloradans are saving lives. Simply put. In other words, it’s simple: Follow my orders, and people will live. Disobey them, and people will die. Around the country, governors are making the same claim. Most common outdoor areas in America have been closed in response to this pandemic. People are being arrested for sitting alone on the beach, or walking on nature trails. Not a single politician making these decisions has explained the science behind them. Specifically which studies show that staying indoors – at home, or at the pharmacy or grocery store – is safer than being outside? The politicians don’t say. They’re not asked. The media support them reflexively. Last week, when Duval County, Florida reopened its beaches, Twitter lit up with the hashtag, Florida Morons. The Washington Post wrote an entire piece celebrating the fact that families in Jacksonville were being attacked on social media. It was another opportunity to deliver a blast of nasty self-righteousness – as if America needed more of that. But let’s set aside the casual judgement for a moment and consider the science. What does the research tell us about being outside? As it happens, there’s quite a bit of it. It turns out – and you may have guessed this, because it’s obvious – that enclosed spaces are a dangerous place to be in a pandemic. That was the conclusion of a study earlier this month in the Journal of the Amercian Medical Association. USA Today quoted one of the authors of the study, an MIT professor. She put it this way, quote: When one is outside, with air circulation or wind, the [virus] is easily dispersed and less concentrated. Another study, from earlier this month, was more specific. It looked at 320 towns in China over a period of more than a month, in order to determine how the Coronavirus spreads. The most common place patients were infected: their homes. Eighty percent of outbreaks began there. Thirty four percent of new cases began on public transportation. The conclusion? Quote: :All identified outbreaks of three or more cases occurred in an indoor environment, which confirms that sharing indoor space is a major [Coronavirus] infection risk. That study, by the way, is available online. Jared Polis could read it if he cared to. Any politician could. They’re not interested. Stay inside! Save lives! They repeat it like the vacuous bumper sticker it is. In fact, hard science suggests the opposite is true. Being outside is far safer. It’s also good for you. Researchers have found that fresh air and exercise boost your immune system, just like your grandmother claimed. As a recent piece in the Atlantic put it, quote: The outdoors and sunshine are such strong factors in fighting viral infections, that a 2009 study of the extraordinary success of outdoor hospitals during the 1918 influenza epidemic suggested that during the next pandemic, we should encourage ‘the public to spend as much time outdoors as possible.’ Yet as you may have noticed, politicians are doing precisely the opposite, and driving Americans to neurosis in the process. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications have risen dramatically nationwide in the past six weeks. Why are our leaders hurting us on purpose? Because they can. Controlling the population makes them feel powerful. Our fear makes us easier to control. The average politician has no incentive to follow the science and let the public outside. You may be suffering intensely. But they’re enjoying it.