Marco Rubio Downplays COVID (But Encourages Vaccination) As Florida Hits New Record Numbers

Marco Rubio says that COVID-19 is now no worse than the flu, at least for those who are vaccinated. Unfortunately, while the Senator did express support for vaccines and encourage followers to get vaccinated, he also downplayed the severity of the virus at the same time.

MARIETTA, GA – NOVEMBER 11: Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaigns for Republican U.S. Senate candidates David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler during a Save Our Majority campaign rally on November 11, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Georgia Sens. Purdue and Loeffler are in a runoff race against Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Marco Rubio’s home state of Florida was breaking records. Unfortunately, the record was for new COVID-19 cases. According to NPR it’s not just new cases on the rise, but deaths. This week’s 409 recorded deaths are a fraction of the peak, mid-August 2020 when there were around 3 times as many, but still quite high enough to be a concern.

On Sunday, immediately following this news, Rubio declared to his Twitter followers that the virus was really only as bad as the flu, as long as the sufferer is vaccinated.

(According to the CDC Florida suffered 2,705 flu deaths in 2019. If COVID-19 killed the same number of people in Florida every week that it did this week, the deaths for the year would be over 21k. That’s a lot of difference.)

Though Rubio seemed to be trying to convince his ant-vax base to trust in science and accept this preventative care, he also went on a rant claiming that the severity of COVID-19 is just “media hysteria” and that the number of cases doesn’t matter, since vaccinated people are unlikely to become severely ill. Notably he did not address the rising number of deaths, or the fact that young children (and people with certain medical histories) still cannot receive the virus, and so remain at risk.

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