You’re probably wondering which is the U.S state that has the lowest COVID-19 rate? It should be California, right? Or Vermont, with 71% of its residents being fully vaccinated? You might think so, but it is not. It’s actually Florida.
Back in August, Florida had 25.000 new cases per day – that’s 116 people of every 100.000. This was the worst rate in the U.S. And the fact that people got infected with the Delta variant certainly didn’t help, as it made the state one of the epicenters of the pandemic.
But the situation has changed in the last months. The daily average of cases in Florida is of 1700. That’s 8 for every 100.000 residents. The one that follows is Hawaii, with 9 cases for every 100.000 residents.
Of course, people are getting political. Should we thank Ron DeSantis for the low cases? People say that the situation changed because of the policies made by DeSantis, who encouraged people not to wear a mask or to vaccinate. Instead, he talked about monoclonal antibodies.
“Well it’s official, Florida currently has the LOWEST per capita COVID cases among the contiguous 48 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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/RqnPpmYclD
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 20, 2021
But let’s get real, that’s not the reason why the cases are low now. Even DeSantis doesn’t say that. The virus comes in waves, so it’s not a consistent thing. But there is a pattern that even Delta has followed, even if it’s more contagious. The number of new cases surges for two months before they start to fall. So maybe that’s the reason why Florida now has a low number of cases.