Marco Rubio blasts ‘hysteria’ from media focused on COVID-19 cases
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He said what should be focused on are the positive outcomes for the vaccinated.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio blasted the media Monday morning for its “hysteria” around the coverage of COVID-19 cases.

Florida may be dealing with record case counts and pressure on hospitals around the state, but to Rubio, that’s just a distraction from what really matters.

“We have media hysteria over COVID ‘cases’ because ‘bad news’ sells,” Rubio suggested.

“But what matters isn’t how many people have COVID, what matters is how many people are seriously ill,” he counseled. “The real story here is how for the fully vaccinated the risk of serious illness appears to be near zero.”

Rubio’s tweet did not define what “serious illness” is or what it means to be “seriously ill,” but his message was clear: Case count coverage doesn’t matter. He did qualify his tweet with another tweet.

“If at this time last year someone had told us there was a medicine that made COVID no worse than the flu we would have been very happy. Well now we do. Use it.”

Rubio’s comments came after a weekend in which multiple news outlets covered Florida breaking the record for pandemic hospitalizations on a single day with more than 10,000 patients admitted, nearly 18 months since the first cases of COVID-19 were found in Florida hospitals. The new mark of 21,683 cases was more than 4,600 over the day before. Hospitals around the state are dealing with capacity issues.

Rubio’s focus on how the “fully vaccinated” have a “near zero” risk of “serious illness” is also worth noting. For Rubio, it comes down to personal choice to get the vaccine or not, he said last month.

“But at the end of the day, it’s up to people to make that decision,” Rubio said on CBS “This Morning.” “The government, in a free society such as ours, there’s only so much that they can do. They can provide information. We can debunk things that aren’t true. We can provide access. It’s ultimately up to people individually to make that decision.”

“At the end of the day, the vaccine is the vaccine. It’s a human thing and you either take it, or you don’t. There are some people who don’t want to be vaccinated, and you won’t convince them. I have family members; I have friends that I’ve known for a long time, smart, educated people who just refuse to do it,” Rubio added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    August 2, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Lil Marco sounds like Kevin Bacon in Footloose. How bout the longterm effects of coco in kids Dr. Marco? What about all those doctors & nurses describing their day to day lives? Are they part of this media hysteria?

  • tjb

    August 2, 2021 at 9:59 am

    “For Rubio, it comes down to personal choice”. And it should be the same for women and their bodies!

  • Stan Chrzanowski, P.E. (Retired)

    August 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    If you want to stop the hysteria, reinstitute the daily Florida Covid Dashboard and keep it updated with the latest (not 1 week old) information. I have to use Worldometer to see what’s up in my own state:

    The Gov was an officer in the military. Back in my day we learned the Leadership Principles. The fourth was “Keep your men informed” The fifth was “Set the example”. If he would start posting the latest accurate data it might stop the hysteria. Then again, the data might just cause more hysteria.

    • Phil Morton

      August 3, 2021 at 2:08 am

      Worldometer used to be great, cases and deaths by county in one easy to read chart. Since June 4th, it’s become better than nothing.

  • Frankie M.

    August 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Cases up, hospitilizations up…should we be throwing a party? I don’t know about you but hospitals don’t generally admit patients unless they’re seriously sick.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 3, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Told you! Duffus Desantis is willingly slaughtering Floridians! Now our children are his target . Get out Desantis!

  • Francis Mario

    August 3, 2021 at 10:09 am

    And for Liberals, it comes down to insisting on vaccine mandates, but with abortion, it comes to my body, my choice.

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