Napoleonic Fauci is out of control. He got it so wrong and did such enormous damage, if he had one scintilla of sense he would go quietly into the dark, night.
Governor DeSantis is correct. Florida DID NOT open up too quickly. Florida should be thankful that Governor DeSantis is not listening to the Leftist dictator Dr. Fauci. Yes, the cases are up in part because of the increased testing. However, the fatalities related to COVID-19 cases are less than 2 percent! That is not a reason to shut down the entire state of Florida. That is also not a reason for Floridians to lose their livelihoods. Dr. Fauci needs to go away.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 8, 2020
Gov. DeSantis Rejects Dr. Fauci’s Criticism: ‘There Was Really No Justification to Not Move Forward
By Breitbart, July 12, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday responded to remarks from Dr. Anthony Fauci — who recently said that states like Florida “opened up too quickly” — pointing out that there was “really no justification to not move forward” and reopen the state at the time.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 13, 2020
“I think there was really no justification to not move forward,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Orlando on Friday, explaining that the percentage of positive coronavirus test results was relatively low in May.
“This is a virus that has a five-day incubation period,” the governor said. “So it wouldn’t take six weeks before you started seeing something if [reopening] were the cause.
DeSantis also emphasized that South Florida, which continues to account for a sizeable portion of the cases across the state, reopened at a slightly different pace than the majority of the counties across Florida.
The governor’s defense follows a critique from Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who said that some states, like the Sunshine State, reopened too quickly.
“Despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly,” Fauci said during a Thursday appearance on FiveThirtyEight’s “PODCAST-19”. “Certainly Florida … I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints.”
Fauci told the Hill that officials need to “get the states pausing in their opening process.”
“I don’t think we need to go back to an extreme of shutting down,” he clarified.
Florida reported 10,383 new coronavirus cases Saturday and 95 related fatalities, bringing the total to 254,511 cases and 4,197 resident deaths since March 1. Fatalities represent less than two percent of confirmed cases.
Over 40 percent of Florida’s cases stem from the counties Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward.
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