Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday criticized the public response to the highly-transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, saying that fears emanating from the surge in new cases amount to “irrational hysteria.”
Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday criticized fears over the Omicron variant as “irrational hysteria.”
According to the CDC, Florida had a one-day record of 75,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
During The White House press briefing, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, stated, “While our cases have substantially increased from last week, hospitalizations and deaths remain comparatively low right now.”
The Florida Republican- whose home state had a one-day record of 75,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – took to Twitter to minimize the severity of the new variant.
“Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis. And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge,” Rubio wrote. “The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for ten days.”
Rubio then encouraged fans who attended Friday’s Orange Bowl football game in Miami.
“Very happy to see a packed stadium for tonight’s #OrangeBowl,” he tweeted. “There is no reason to close, limit or cancel anything. Ignore the hysteria & have a great New Years’ Eve!
Despite the continued frustration among many Americans over the enduring state of the pandemic as it enters a third consecutive year – along with President Joe Biden’s continued push for vaccination – the U.S. recorded a record number of new COVID-19 cases this week.
According to John Hopkins University, on Thursday, the seven-day average topped 355,00 cases.
However, while the risk of Omicron infection is high, the hospitalizations are at an all-time low. Earlier this week, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, stated, “While cases have substantially increased from last week, hospitalizations and deaths remain comparatively low right now,” she said during a White House press briefing.