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Texas and Florida are reporting fewer COVID-19 cases even as they reopened their states last March. In contrast, states that continued with their restrictive policies like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York are still dealing with increased coronavirus surges. 

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‘Neanderthal Thinking’ States Now Report Fewer COVID-19 Cases

When Texas and Florida decided to reopen their states last March, President Joe Biden reacted by calling their decision “neanderthal thinking” and predicted more surges.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott received heavy criticism from the left after he completely reopened the state on March 10.  Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also got brickbats when he allowed businesses to fully reopen in September without a mask mandate in place. 

Now, both states managed to keep infection rates down. This helped them get ahead in the process of economic recovery. In contrast, Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan, still held back by mask mandates and restrictive policies, are still recording daily increases in COVID-19 cases.

Together, the three states accounted for 44% of all new infections between March 29 and April 4. They have a combined 197,500 cases out of 452,000 nationwide, according to data from John Hopkins University. 

Worst In The Nation

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that Michigan is the topmost state in infection rates during the past few weeks.

The state reported 390.2 cases of the virus per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Governor Gretchen Whitmer blamed spring break travelers going to Florida. She urged residents returning from Florida to stay home and work or study remotely for a week upon arrival. 

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Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is enduring a new wave of surges as it reported 221.4 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. At the same time, New York reported 176.4 cases per 100,000 last week.

New York City is in even bigger trouble at 206.1 cases per 100,000. With the surge unabated, New Yorkers are turning their ire on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing mask mandate. 

Texas: Who’s The Neanderthal Now?

Earlier in March, Biden slammed Texas for lifting their mask mandates and restriction last March. He called the decision “Neanderthal thinking” as he felt the move was premature at the least and reckless at best. However, Texas reported a decline in cases and hospitalizations since then.

In defending his decision to lift the mask mandate, Abbott pointed to increasing vaccinations. “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said.

He then announced that the state will allow all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity. In addition, masks are no longer mandatory. 

Florida: Same COVID-19 Rates As Mask-Obsessed California 

In a February article, Healthline posted the question of why two different states, California and Florida, seemed to have the same COVID-19 rates. Each state dealt with the pandemic in completely opposite ways. 

While both states initiated lockdowns early in the pandemic, they diverged soon after. Florida never took a liking to mask mandates, lockdowns, and other guidelines and lifted these as soon as they can.

Meanwhile, California declared multiple lockdowns and a mask mandate in place since June last year. However, per capita cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 in these states are similar. California reported 8,900 cases per 100,000 people while Florida is only 200 pax lower at 8,700. 

“You’re asking us to have a deep understanding of a virus that’s only been around for 12 to 14 months,” said Brian C. Castrucci, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation.

“I can’t explain why Florida is not worse off than it is. I don’t know why, We discount that little word novel, right [in novel coronavirus]? We’re still learning a lot about this virus,” he said.

Watch the CNBC video reporting that experts struggle to make sense of Covid trends in some states:

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  • Bill R Medlin says:

    More of the demoasses making us “sheep”

  • BBA says:

    This “pandemic” has been a farce from the start. All of this was designed to get rid of Trump and to see what percentage of Americans would cower to scare tactics instead of facts and hand over all of their freedoms and liberties to the Government. It worked in both cases with Trump gone and an amazing percentage of spineless Americans falling right in line with this socialist agenda. At this moment in the history of this country I can very angerly say that I am ashamed at my fellow Americans on how they turned their backs on our Constitution and freedoms without even a push back on all of this bs!!

  • Peted says:

    When freedom in Texas and Florida are allowed, people go out into the sunshine and fresh air which are both virus killers instead of huddling inside their homes with masks on, shown to spread the virus!

  • Patriot says:

    Democrats are enemies of the US Constitution. They are against everything the Constitution is for and should be dealt with like any enemy of the United States.

  • ROFLMAO says:

    What we have been shown is the stupidity of our government appointed health experts, they are clueless. Our government officials ditto. What is alarming is the number of sheeple we have buying into all this crapola. Masks are worthless, the vaccine has already killed, and no one knows the ramifications of the vaccine years down the road. Overall, you can’t even believe the statistics on the virus, they have been inflated so the medical establishment could get more funds from Uncle Sap. One COVID case involved a person dying from a 38 caliber gunshot wound. We call it COVID 38. The world is in panic mode and emulating the so-called world leader the U.S.A.

  • janice Alderson says:

    America needs to see the Dem’s for who they really are and drop the face masks and the shots. Do you really think the Dem’s care about you. Money is the root of all evil, wake up America and fight for your freedom.

  • Phyllis Poole says:

    The states most infected are run by democrats. ARE THE DEMOS DOING THE INFECTIONS TO KEEP CONTROL?????

  • Sheila Harris says:

    We have shown mask & lock downs don’t work! This was a man made virus used to get rid of Trump & cause Chaos!! Take off your mask & start living as a normal person..

  • ROBERT A. ABADIE says:

    THIS COVID THING IS ALL BULL SHIT!!!IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT THE DEATH RATE IS ONLY WITH
    THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WHO ARE UNHEALTHY. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE STUPID ASS HOLE FAUCCI WHO
    CAN’T WIPE HIS ASS THE SAME WAY TWICE THE THIS LOEUSY SHIT EATING PRESIDENT MADE MEDIC FOR
    THE USA AND IS THE POCKETE OF CHINA, THE W.H.O. THE CDC THE DEMWS THE FAKE NEWS AND GOD KNOWS WHO ELSE TELLING THE WORLD WHAT TO DO SATURDAY WE HAD THE MAPLE FESTIVAL IN OUR TOWN IN UOMSTATE PA. IT WAS JAMMED PACKED WITH FOLKE. NO DISTANCE SHIT THERE WASN’T ONE MASK TO BE SEEN AND EVERY ONE MINGLED AND VISITED AND ALL HAD A GREAT TIME. PEOPPLE ARE TIRED OF THE LIES AND BS ABOUT COID CRAP. A REVOLUTION IS COMING. RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG BOYS. MAG MAGA MAGA RED NECKS

  • Max says:

    Mask mandates, social distancing, etc., ad infinitum have no gone far beyond any reasonable necessity to combat the virus. It is now ALL about CONTROL – as others have said, “Let’s see if we can make them all do this….or that…” Wait until you see what they’ve cooked up next ….remember photos of Nazi soldiers dispatching those who were against Hitler? Or the Chinese soldiers dispatching those who dared even speak out against Mao? Don’t think it can’t happen here? It is….Remember – the 2nd Amendment is being trashed as you read this, and the 2nd Amendment was written to protect the 1st Amendment – which is already being restricted. Don’t think so? Look at the censorship of free speech on social media. Look at the restrictions on free speech in the workplace. Wake Up, America, or the destruction of our up until now free and open society will be gone, ground under the thumbs the rich and power hungry without regard to you, your children, their children, your property…..

  • Mike Murphy says:

    The virus has to be multiplied 250,000 times to be seen. Of you don’t have a full face mask with viral filters anything else is a total waste of time effort and money

  • Ben says:

    You go Sheila amen

  • David says:

    Of course they had fewer cases, theor politicians didn’t play politics with thr flu. They also in’t want to flex their tyrant might. ALL other politicians need to be removed at once for their failure to the people, rhr people that employ them! Call your local representatives, senators, congressman, governors and demand their resignation NOW! It’s very fun!

  • Cyndisue says:

    Those in less restrictive states have already been exposed. Of course, there will be less infection rates. Also, UV spectrum from the sun kills the virus. So, going outside is killing the virus within seconds. Those who are most vulnerable should still practice whatever they need to stay healthy (either mentally or physically). For the rest of us, there is no scientific reason why we should not get back to normal.

  • Eva says:

    What do you think? Re: 1918 pandemic

  • JT says:

    David, Go one better than that. Threaten to run against them and take their seat.

  • Jen says:

    Eva, my G’mo was 10y/o in 1918, and 49 when I was born. I knew her very well. Her father was a Harvard-educated veterinary surgeon, and a local politician. My mother was an RN with a Master’s degree in Nursing, and a certificate in Epidemiology as a Public Health Nurse. They taught me very much, like how to recognize a man-made contagion. They talked about almost everything, especially related to health. NONE OF THEM EVER MENTIONED the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic. I never heard about it until I was 40+; and that was from a dramatic tv serial. Go figure.
    It must not have made much impression.

  • Chisel says:

    A very sad time, our nation needs an enema!!! The sheep get what they deserve and the rest of us must stand our ground! Liberty or Death, how much are you going to put up with? In the immortal words of Popeye, thats all i can stands, i can’t stands no more. You can’t beat Mother Nature, you can only learn from it. 99.95% survivability rate, Fanculo te e la tua influenza wuhan

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