When it comes to talking about the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus, it’s best to talk in simple, frank terms about the disease that continues to spread across the world.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), who refers to the disease as an “everyday hurricane,” taped another one of his daily, at-home videos where he was brutally honest about the number of infections and death that a second COVID-19 surge will bring once the current restrictions on Floridians are eased or lifted.
“At some point in the near future, there are going to have to be changes to the current restrictions,” said Sen. Rubio “They’re just not sustainable long term, and when those changes come, no matter how careful they are in making them, there are going to be an increase in infections, there are going to increases in the number of deaths, tragically.
Rubio also made some ominous predictions and point regarding the easing of restrictions:
- Until we have an vaccine, the infection rate and death rate is never going to be zero.
- Any opening that we make that allows people come in contact with more people is going to increase the number of infections, it’s going to increase the number of deaths.
- What we are doing now is not sustainable long-term, we cannot keep the country in this condition for six months, for nine months, for a year until we have a vaccine.
- Things aren’t going to go magically back to the way they were on March 1st.
- It won’t be business as usual.
Rubio also believes that managing the inevitable risks after the restrictions are eased or rescinded, saying that key to mitigating any future outbreak would be to have the capability to “rapidly test people and isolate them,” keep in place some restrictions to “limit the growth of infections,” and the “development of an effective treatment” for the virus.
There are currently 22,500 cases and 596 deaths reported in Florida.