On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) decried the public response to the wave of new COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, writing on Twitter that it was an “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!
Rubio’s comments come after the CDC’s new updated recommendations for asymptomatic people infected with the coronavirus. The agency stated that the complete isolation period is now five days, a reduction from 10 days.
The agency had also said that the new guidelines were driven “by science that showed that the bulk of virus transmission transpired earlier in the infection period.”
Earlier this week, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, struck a more positive note on Omicron as it related to hospitalizations. “While cases have substantially increased from last week, hospitalizations and deaths remain comparatively low right now,” she said during a White House press briefing.
After both the press briefing and CDC’s new updated recommendations, former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams weighed his opinion on the matter regarding the guidance from the agency.
“I love the CDC. Grew up wanting to work there and have been one of their most argent defenders. I never dreamed the day would come when I would advise people NOT to follow their guidance,” he tweeted.
“But ask any of them. They wouldn’t even follow it for their own family,” he added.