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Maybe Ron DeSantis will draw to his inside straight on coronavirus?

There is hope on the horizon, suggesting DeSantis could indeed pull off this inside straight.

With all the criticism nationwide about Gov. Ron DeSantis “hesitating” to lockdown Florida — the nation’s third-largest state — for the coronavirus crisis, there is one angle rarely heard among all the chatter.

DeSantis just might be right.

Take, for example, the state of New York. As the Daily Mail of London reports, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted Thursday: “It was not the best strategy to quarantine all of New York at once” to battle coronavirus.

The extreme move not only “shut down the economy,” but also put young people and older relatives together — potentially exposing them to COVID-19, he said. “I don’t even know that was the best public health strategy.”

Cuomo also acknowledged a better way would have been to develop a test that identifies coronavirus antibodies in a healthy person who has self-recovered, clearing them to go back to work.

This revelation makes DeSantis’ “hesitation” sound less like vacillation and more like pulling an inside straight in poker; the odds are low, but when you hit it — boy, does it pay off.

There is more hope on the horizon to buttress DeSantis’s position, suggesting the Governor could indeed pull off this inside straight.

With coronavirus in the U.K., New Scientist reports that epidemiologist Neil Ferguson is advising the British government that the country can indeed cope with COVID-19 as it stands now, adding that there will be enough intensive care beds to handle the crisis. Since a vaccine is about 12-18 months away, Ferguson said it is impractical to keep the U.K. on lockdown for that long; testing capacity will be available “in a few weeks.”

The U.S. could also see a coronavirus peak in about two to three weeks, according to the University of Florida epidemiologist Dr. Ira Longini. This timetable echoes President Donald Trump’s target to relax coronavirus constraints. Longini is a biostatistics professor and co-director at the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute’s Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases.

As reported by The Center Square: “By mid-April, ‘most of the damage will be done’ and it may be possible to isolate the vulnerable better while allowing those less at-risk to return to work and schools,” Longini said.

This somewhat uplifting prediction is not without precedent since Longini bases it on his work analyzing Ebola, influenza, HIV, tuberculosis, cholera, dengue fever, Zika, malaria and plague for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Of course, we are not out of the woods yet. But there are signs that DeSantis’ prudence in resisting the urge to completely lock down the state of Florida — contrary to everyone else — could pay off big time.

Written By

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.



  1. Barbara Kanter

    March 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Regardless of what De Santis claims, there is very little vieus testing be done.

    But there is a low tech temporary solution. All workers should have their temperatures taken several times/day. Those with a temp of 99.1 should be sent home and not be allowed to come back to work for two weeks.

    Customers should be screened too. If they have a temp over 99.1 send them gone.

  2. Marty Johnson

    March 26, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Why, it’s almost like the author wishes and hopes that De Santis is wrong. “Oh, boy, I hope we lose hundreds of thousands of Floridians just so we can elect that communist guy we ran last time, you know, the one they found passed out in a Miami hotel with his pants down, in the same room with a male prostitute!” He didn’t say it, but you can tell by the blood dripping off his chin. Or is that Andrew Gillum juice?

  3. Sgk

    March 27, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    The longer he delays, the worse it will get. I do not see him pulling the inside straight. He ends up with a worthless hand. Stop risking our lives. The quicker we shut it down the faster will be back up. Speaking of back up, the legislature will be back in Tallahasse as soon as it’s safe that budgets gonna have to change.

  4. Omar

    April 6, 2020 at 2:16 am

    How did this turn out for you?

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