Was DeSantis Correct About ‘Covid Season’?

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Sunshine State is Alright

We’re not yet sure, but there are clues that the Florida Governor is doing something right.

During the time that Florida was surging with cases in August, DeSantis had a war of words with the White House, with President Joe Biden calling him, ‘Governor Who?’.

However, Florida is seeing a downward trend in its Covid-19 cases in the past month and a half. According to the latest October 18 interactive report by Mayo Clinic, the average daily cases are going down consistently in the state, from a high of 124 in August 20 down to 14 per 100,000 people last week. The average positive test rate is down as well to 4.7% from 19.3% in August.

Rejecting Lockdowns

In a press conference in July of this year, DeSantis predicted that the cases will go down in the coming weeks. However, he called it too early as the cases surged back then.

Later in August, he admitted in a press conference that, “We thought we would see an increase. I don’t know that we thought we would necessarily see this many positive tests.” 

DeSantis cited that the reason for the surge at the time was “Covid season”, noting that the rise in cases was because of the humidity. The weather encourages people to stay indoors where transmission rates are higher. Following this logic, he refused to shut down businesses and schools as well.

“We are not shutting down,” he said on August of this year. “We are going to have schools open. We are protecting every Floridian’s job in this state. We are protecting people’s small businesses. These interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States but abroad. They have not stopped the spread, particularly with delta.”

Nevertheless, as we see in the downward trend, the prediction might have come earlier but still saw the light of day. Florida’s hospitalization rate is now at 3 per 100,000, which is lower than Delaware (9), Pennsylvania (6), Maryland (4), and Virginia (4). All the while the businesses remained open

Weather-related?

With the current data, there are clues pointing that it seems ‘Covid season’ seems apt due to the weather. However, there are also states that are seeing an uptick as cold weather approaches which was similar to what happened last year.

Around the same time last year, the peak of the Covid-19 surge in Florida was during July then tapered off in September 2020 when the state’s economy began to reopen.

Reactions to Florida Covid-19 Cases Dropping

Florida now has the lowest covid rate in the continental United States. And they’ve done it without mask or vaccine mandates. This is why Ron Desantis terrifies the coronabros. Because all their shutdowns & mandates, which destroy freedoms, provide no benefits.

Clay Travis

If you look at the New York Times’ “Hot Spots” map, there’s a broad swath of light-yellow counties - fewer cases per 100,000 residents - from Miami to the middle of Texas, up into Missouri, and across to North Carolina.

Jim Geraghty

Ron DeSantis’ Florida looks pretty great. Open ports Open states Open businesses Lowest COVID rate I’ll take a dozen @lincolnproject

Brendon Leslie

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