Florida COVID-19 Response: From Success to Disaster


A Miami ER doctor explained how Florida’s COVID-19 response went from success to disaster

by Charles Davis/Business Insider

Eight weeks ago, conservative media outlets and politicians hailed Florida as a model for addressing the coronavirus pandemic, showing that there was no need to shut down a state for months to ride out the first wave of infections.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a former military prosecutor and Republican representative, was all but saying, I told you so. And his allies were singing his praise.

“He’s done a spectacular job,” US President Donald Trump said at a joint news conference in April, as The Washington Post reported in May in a story on the apparent victory of business as usual. “He’s going to be opening up large portions, and ultimately pretty quickly because he’s got great numbers in all of Florida.”

By early May, Florida’s restaurants were once again entertaining guests, and the governor’s office was boasting.

“He’s just not doing it the way Cuomo is doing it,” Helen Ferré, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, told The Tampa Bay Times on May 4, referring to New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo. “He’s doing it the conservative way.”

Weeks later, the numbers have changed. While New York reported 624 new coronavirus cases on Sunday — down from highs of more than 10,000 a day — …read more:

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  1. I’m wondering what the good doctor’s response would be to knowing that COVID-19 was a bio-weapon directed initially at China and Iran, but eventually at the USA? And, that the Powers That Be would do it again and again if it served their perverse plan for humanity.

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