Freshman Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) issued a press release regarding the threat of the Coronavirus in Florida, but she may have jumped the gun on the matter because it was recalled shortly after being sent.
The popular and influential congresswoman argued that the virus “represents serious international health crisis” in light of health officials in South Florida who “say it poses no risk.”
In her statement regarding the virus that has spread globally in recent weeks, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell commented “that at this time there is no immeadte threat to public health.”
She informed that she will “continue to closely monitor the developing situation with the Coronavirus and my office is staying in continuous contact with officials from the Centers from Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security.”
However, the Florida lawmaker did issue a call for Florida citizens, saying that “we each have an important role to play to help reduce the risks.” She explained that people should “follow recommended public health practices at this time of the year, including washing your hands often, not coughing into your hands, and checking in with a doctor if you are feeling sick.”
Mucarsel-Powell concluded by stating that “although tensions may be high, we must not allow fear to guide our actions.” What we should do instead is “not discriminate against any of our neighbors of Asian descent simply because of their background.”