Many Americans continue to remain worried about the spread of COVID, with the omicron variant leading to yet more concern.
However, one high profile Republican argued that the actual threat isn’t coronavirus so much as how people are responding to it.
Rubio decries “irrational hysteria”
“And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge,” he continued, adding, “The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days.”
In a subsequent tweet, the senator expressed praised for those who chose to celebrate New Years Eve by watching a football game at Fort Lauderdale’s Orange Bowl.
“Very happy to see a packed stadium for tonight’s #OrangeBowl,” Rubio announced. “There is no reason to close, limit or cancel anything. Ignore the hysteria & have a great New Years Eve!”
CDC director points to evidence showing omicron is less deadly
Although some Twitter users responded by mocking Rubio, even Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky have recently admitted that the omicron variant is less deadly than previous COVID strains have been.
“Early indications that we’ve seen from other countries like South Africa and United Kingdom of milder disease from Omicron, especially among the vaccinated and the boosted,” the Washington Examiner quoted Walensky as saying at a press conference last Wednesday.
For his part, Fauci stated that “the pattern and disparity between cases and hospitalization strongly suggest that there will be a lower hospitalization-to-case ratio when the situation becomes more clear.”
“The spike in cases is out of proportion to the increase in hospitalization,” the White House COVID advisor noted, although he added, “We must remember that hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators.”
The Examiner also spoke with an anonymous senior White House aide who suggested that at this point the Biden administration is more concerned about the economic fallout from COVID lockdowns than omicron.
“We’re not going to lock down,” the individual insisted. “That’s the big message that [Biden] continues to convey.”