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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Florida seemed headed for disaster: In the earliest days of the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., throngs of rowdy spring breakers flocked to the state's beaches and bars. Disney World, which draws visitors from around the globe, seemed a uniquely dangerous breeding ground. And the state's demographics were worrying, given that Florida is chock-full of retirees in populous senior communities (Gov. Ron DeSantis has recently joked that Florida is "God's waiting room"). DeSantis, for his part, spouted off false information about the virus as he resisted increasingly urgent calls from experts and local leaders to take action. He refused to close the spring break gathering spots, allowing officials in South Florida to make their own decisions about restaurant and beach closures.

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Governor DeSantis is hiding his COVID cases, and his COVID deaths.

As Donald Trump has proven, anyone can be a genius if you lie about it.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-23 06:06 PM | Reply

Wasn't sure Slate was an accepted site to use for a thread but if AMERICANUNITY can quote from that site is must be an acceptable news source.

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-23 06:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Is this article written by a time traveller from 2022, when the pandemic actually ends?

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 06:13 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at

100,000 American dead from COVID and Donald Trump goes golfing.

I guess the pressure is just too much.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-23 06:19 PM | Reply

Same same:

Wall Street Journal (Rupert Murdoch owned):

www.wsj.com

The Sun-Sentinel (South Florida):

www.sun-sentinel.com

Articles by journalists are far different than an opinion pieces by a right wing pundits on fringe websites ...

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-23 06:20 PM | Reply

President Trump deserves a day off. He has worked so very, very hard to ensure that the death totals were not what some of you (Zed) hoped for.

#6 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-23 06:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

President Trump deserves a day off. He has worked so very, very hard to ensure that the death totals were not what some of you (Zed) hoped for.

Posted by gracieamazed

WE hoped the death toll would be ZERO.

And, no, he hasn't worked very hard at all. Hours of 'executive time' every day spent calling right wing pundits and watching TV don't count.

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-23 06:37 PM | Reply

Florida was aided by luck, with some help by DeSantis being one of the more competent GOP governors.
My list:
1) Maryland
2) North Dakota
3) Florida

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-23 06:46 PM | Reply

@#6 ... He has worked so very, very hard to ensure that the death totals were not what some of you (Zed) hoped for. ...

How do you know Pres Trump has been working very, very hard? His published schedule has a lot of open time.

Based upon his tweets, he does, though, seem to be able to keep up with watching cable news.

I had hoped the death toll would be zero. It is truly a shame that Pres Trump's disastrous missteps, continued bumbling, contradictory messaging and re-election orientation has caused the death toll to be much, much higher than it would have been if he really had been working hard and leading.

... Why Did Florida Avoid a COVID19 Disaster? ...

I'd say that fudging the numbers helped a lot.

Like Nebraska boasting that there were no inmates infected with COVID-19. Only to see a reporter dig into the facts and find out that Nebraska had not tested any inmates.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-23 06:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

He has worked so very, very hard to ensure that the death totals were not what some of you (Zed) hoped for.
#6 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED

Technically true, since he's worked to make them higher than we were hoping.
LIBERATE MICHIGAN!

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 07:59 PM | Reply

When people like Gracie claim with a straight face that Trump works hard I lose just a little more faith in humanity. The good news is that I had very little faith left to lose after Trump got elected four years ago.

#11 | Posted by censored at 2020-05-23 08:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think common sense and experience helps explain why Florida - so far - has not seen as many covid infections as were expected. Look at the difference between New York city and LA for a huge clue. New Yorkers live and work vertically, with the entire greater NYC area encompassing only 305 square miles. Greater LA is comprised of 4850 square miles, 16 times more area than NYC.

Population density is the obvious difference, along with a reliance on mass/group transit with millions living, working, and passing through the same spaces, often sharing airspace for extended periods of time. LA has always been known as the place where personal mobility is king. Though there are high rises, most people in LA live horizontally, more spread apart where they can live with less contact with others if so desired.

Same for Florida. It's more spread out and personal travel is done individually much more than by mass transit. Another area where infections seem prevalent are indoor production and processing facilities where workers labor in close physical proximity to each other. To my recollection from living there decades ago, those types of industries are not as prevalent as in other places and while agriculture does employ many, much of the work is done outdoors which again minimizes the potential spread of the disease.

This is what I've been able to glean from the coverage I've been exposed to.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-23 08:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Perhaps because the early heat and humidity.

azbigmedia.com

Not to mention the suppression of the numbers and basic inability to count.... or test.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-23 08:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

President Trump deserves a day off. He has worked so very, very hard to ensure that the death totals were not what some of you (Zed) hoped for.

#6 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED

LOL idiot.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-23 09:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Two observations about Gracie.

She's posting outside of the nooner a lot more than regular.

She's trolling.

Conclusion.

She's being coached.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-23 09:31 PM | Reply

She's being coached.

Obviously. Being groomed for WH Press Secretary most likely.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-23 09:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

She's being coached.
#15 | POSTED BYCLOWNSHACK

I think "groomed" is a more appropriate term for what's happening here.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 10:08 PM | Reply

Being groomed for WH Press Secretary most likely.

She is their queen.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-23 10:10 PM | Reply

I think "groomed" is a more appropriate term for what's happening here.
#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Is there enough lipstick available?

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-23 10:16 PM | Reply

I try to meet my 4 threads allowed daily. More than often they make the front page. I don't need coaching like the numerous low IQ posters on this site that need social media to tell them how to think and even worse how to respond.

#20 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-24 10:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The answers are simple. First we now know the primary way the virus is spread is through droplets on the air and that it does not spread as easily outdoors. Florida is more of an outdoors oriented state do to the nice weather. NYC sufferedthe most because it is crowded, crowded living conditions, crowded working conditions, crowded elevators, subways, busses, etc. Even in states with less crowding like SD, NB, etc, the outbreaks have been in crowded workplaces. FL is less of that. We also know Desantis has been shamelessly suppressing the numbers, and likely had a lot more caees. When the second wave comes in October, November, FL will be harder hit due to overconfidence and more indoor activities.

#21 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-24 12:51 PM | Reply

Wasn't sure Slate was an accepted site to use for a thread but if AMERICANUNITY can quote from that site is must be an acceptable news source.

#2 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED AT 2020-05-23 06:09 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

You clearly didn't read the article....

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-24 11:30 PM | Reply

#22 - clearly.

I know that three counties teamed up together to act when DeSantis wouldn't do a thing. They saw what was coming and they acted. The 3 most populated counties in Florida. The nursing homes also acted on their own way before DeSantis did a thing. If anyone deserves recognition it's the few county mayors and the people of those counties that acted well in advance of the idiot "let spring break go on!" DeSantis.

#23 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-24 11:43 PM | Reply

The big difference between Fla and NY is NY put confirmed cases in nursing homes where Fla didn't. They protected the most vulnerable. They used common sense.

#24 | Posted by fishpaw at 2020-05-25 09:46 AM | Reply

Cuomo says New York followed federal guidelines when sending coronavirus patients to nursing homes

www.msn.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-25 09:57 AM | Reply

GracieAmazed,

Did you even read your own article?

Here are the theories it laid out:
1. A Hot and Humid Climate helped slow the virus
2. Nursing Home Protections by the Nursing Homes Themselves because the Governor refused to take action early
3. It didn't do well actually because urban areas got hit harder than most states and data is being manipulated

Literally your OWN article is giving no credit to the state government and say the state likely got lucky or is actually not doing nearly as well as it's pretending.

#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-25 01:46 PM | Reply

the article says ordinary floridians listened to the CDC and acted a month before Governer DeSatan lollygagged his way from a fundraising dinner to say what everyone was already doing.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-25 02:52 PM | Reply

"I know that three counties teamed up together to act when DeSantis wouldn't do a thing. They saw what was coming and they acted. The 3 most populated counties in Florida."

Were all three counties run by Democrats?

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-25 03:15 PM | Reply

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