Recently, Senator Marco Rubio (R-F) spoke frankly about the hysteria surrounding the COVID pandemic, remarking that “irrational hysteria” is one of the worst outcomes related to the rise in coronavirus cases across the nation as the omicron variant continues to spread.
“Record numbers [of Americans] testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis,” Rubio remarked drolly, adding that “people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive [for COVID] isn’t a surge.”
On the contrary, “the real crisis is the irrational hysteria,” which generally results in “people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days,” Rubio continued.
As of January 1, the average number of daily COVID cases in the United States stands at 386,920, according to data published by The New York Times. In Florida, Rubio’s home state, the number of cases reported in a single day broke records on four different occasions in the seven days of last week, with 75,900 cases reported on December 31.
The omicron variant has spread rampantly throughout the holiday season, which has resulted in thousands of Americans across the nation seeking coronavirus tests. Many individuals have griped about extensive waiting times, which can span well into several hours, especially since the nation is presently experiencing a shortage of in-home COVID testing kits.
Despite the rapid spread of the omicron variant, various studies have revealed that this particular variant tends to be far more mild than previous iterations of the virus. One major study from a group of Japanese and American researchers determined that the omicron variant generally causes less damaging impacts on the nose, throat, and lungs. In addition, another study fro the United Kingdom determined that individuals who become infected with the omicron variant are less likely to require hospitalization relative to individuals who become infected with the delta variant.
On New Year’s Eve, Senator Rubio remarked that he was thrilled to see the Orange Bowl stadium in Miami packed with jubilant revelers in spite of the “hysteria” surrounding COVID.
“Very happy to see a packed stadium for tonight’s #OrangeBowl,” Rubio proclaimed.
“There is no reason to close, limit or cancel anything,” Rubio continued, “Ignore the hysteria [and] have a great New Years Eve!”