Quick: you are the governor of a state where COVID-19 is literally out of control, supposedly representing roughly twenty% of all new infections in the country. Like a doctor recently explainedIf your state were a country, the United States would likely impose a travel ban on visitors. Not only are things really very bad across the board, but when it comes to children, your state currently holds the record for most young people. accepted to the hospital last week. Are you (a) starting to take this seriously, imposing public health measures that are known to stop the spread of the virus (b) thinking of children and following other states in requiring masks in the fall or (c) at least allow individual schools to make their own decisions on the subject of masks, including letting them decide they are necessary? If you are governor of Florida Ron DeSantis, the answer is a resounding “none of the above” and an additional note for “fuck the kids.”
On Monday, the DeSantis office threatened withholding pay from superintendents and school board members who ignore the governor’s executive order prohibiting mask mandates for schools. To be clear, that means that if a school district looks at the (overwhelming) data and decides that it would like to protect its community, from getting sick and potentially * dying, * DeSantis will avoid getting paid for scoring political points with conservatives. School districts typically get into serious trouble if caught putting children in danger, but in this scenario, DeSantis threatens to punish anyone caught protecting children (and teachers) from contracting a highly contagious disease. . Which, in the words of health experts, is insane, even for Florida.
The warning occurs when infections in the Sunshine State have increased 51% in the last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University; Florida reported 134,506 new COVID-19 cases from July 30 to August 5, more than in any other seven-day period. Meanwhile, the delta variant has been more harmful to children than the original strain, with 4,615 Florida children. hospitalized In the past week, Rolling Stone indicated. “Our pediatricians, the infirmary, the staff are exhausted and the children are suffering, and it is absolutely devastating.” Aileen Marty, MD, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, He said CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Friday night. “Our children are very affected. We have never seen numbers like this before. “
“The viral load in Florida is so high right now, there are really only two places on the planet where it is highest: one is Louisiana and the other is Botswana.” Jonathan Reiner, MD, a professor at the George Washington College of Medicine and Health Sciences, told CNN on Sunday. “It’s so high in Florida that I think if Florida were another country, we would have to consider banning travel from Florida to the United States.”
DeSantis’ latest announcement comes as Florida and Texas appear to be scrambling to see who can infect the most children. Like my colleague Eric lutz noted Friday, Texas recently “released a new guide that somehow makes DeSantis’s effort[s]… seems smart. “Bass new recommendations from the Texas Education Agency, Texas schools will not be required to track contracts and will not have to inform parents if a student has tested positive for the virus. If a child is a close contact for an infected student, the new guide says they can still go to school. To borrow Reiner’s metaphor that Florida is a country from which the United States would ban travel, if Florida and Texas were parents, we would all call them to social services.
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Things could be a lot better for Rudy Giuliani
On the positive side, he is not in prison yet. Elsewhere friends say he’s basically broke and Trump appears to have lost his number, according to The daily beast: