While he’s known as “DeathSantis” to his dismissive liberal critics, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis noted on Wednesday that they, like his supporters, live in a part of America that is least afflicted by COVID-19.
In a press release, DeSantis pointed out that Florida has achieved the lowest daily average virus case rate in the nation.
The claim was based on The New York Times COVID database. The Times statistics show that Florida has had 9 new infections per 100,000 people per day over the last seven days.
That tied Florida with Hawaii as the nation’s lowest infection rate.
Florida’s rate is about 40 percent to 50 percent below such blue-state darlings as California, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois.
The plunge is nothing short of amazing.
Just two months ago, Florida’s overall daily tally of new cases, based on the seven-day average, was more than 20,000 a day for most of mid-August. The state weekly average hit a stunning 29,711 on Aug. 16, the Times reports.
On Wednesday, it stood at 1,863.
“Without mandates or lockdowns, COVID-19 cases in Florida have decreased 90% since August,” DeSantis said in a statement.
“In addition to cases, hospitalizations have plummeted in our state. This has been accomplished by making monoclonal antibody treatments and vaccines widely available throughout our state while protecting Floridians from government overreach.”
The media about-face on this is almost as amazing as the state’s new COVID numbers.
For months and months, the corporate media trashed DeSantis, saying his unwillingness to mask up and lock down his state was killing his constituents – even though DeSantis oversaw a population of the most vulnerable – those 65 and older – that was larger than the total population of half the states.
Florida’s per-capita death rate now equals that of blue states like Pennsylvania and Nevada, and the recent daily average of deaths is about the same as California’s.
But you won’t hear negative coverage of the Democrats that run these states.
Yet a report by Yahoo News, which seemed to get much attention from DeSantis defenders for its duplicity, showed that, as with the coverage of fully vaccinated Colin Powell’s co-morbidities after his death from COVID, the media is seeing things in a new light.
“Did DeSantis ‘do’ anything to improve Florida’s COVID numbers? And does the state’s 180-degree turn somehow prove that more cautious policies ‘provide no benefits’?” Yahoo asks rhetorically.
“The answer is no.”
But Yahoo also touched on the fact that COVID follows a pattern that plays out independent of other variables – suggesting that little, except perhaps vaccines, can change its trajectory.
As Yahoo noted, “It’s doubtful even DeSantis himself would claim he’s the reason Florida is recording so many fewer COVID cases today than in August. The virus, we’ve known for some time, comes in waves — waves that ascend, peak and ultimately recede on a remarkably consistent timeline.”
In short, virus gonna virus – a point Yahoo acknowledges.
“Epidemiologists aren’t sure why COVID seems to come and go in two-month intervals,” the article continued.
“One day, experts predict, SARS-CoV-2 will become endemic, spreading seasonally around the globe in ever-evolving variations that might make a lot of people feel ill for a few days but are ultimately much less damaging and deadly because everybody has some degree of immunity through vaccination or prior infection. At that point, mask mandates and vaccine passports will be more trouble than they’re worth.”
But somehow, with the media, it’s also predictable that DeSantis, and Republicans generally, will bear the blame, while Democrats will skate, no matter how high they stack the bodies.
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