Thursday, March 26, 2020
The governor of Florida wants the Federal government to declare his state a disaster area because of the COVID-19 infection. It is ironic because he is one of the few politicians in the US who has refused to lock down his state to prevent the virus from spreading. He wants to focus on just those counties where the coronavirus is out of control. This, of course, ignores the fact that citizens travel in and out of those regions and can carry the virus with them. It takes 14 days for symptoms to show, so there is a good chance carriers have already spread throughout the state. From a PR perspective, the governor hasn't a leg to stand on. He refuses to take the action necessary to halt the outbreak, yet he wants aid to handle it. It wouldn't be surprising if the Federal government forces him to declare all counties exclusion zones in return for aid. It is something he should have done all along.