Amid omicron fears, Ron DeSantis says COVID-19 will never be eradicated

President Joe Biden on Monday said lockdowns are off the table, 'for now.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis says people need to learn to live with COVID-19 because the disease won’t ever be eradicated.

The Republican Governor, who has railed against strong anti-coronavirus policies for most of the pandemic, again took aim at President Joe Biden and Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci during an Orlando press conference on Monday amid growing concerns about an emerging COVID-19 variant.

Biden on Monday called the omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” He also said lockdowns are off the table, “for now.” That qualifier drew a rebuke from DeSantis, who also criticized Fauci for not offering a blanket opposition to lockdowns.

Despite the Biden administration’s opposition to lockdowns, the United States on Friday joined the growing list of nations restricting travel from southern Africa.

“What are you going to do, indefinite restriction? It’s not going to ever be eradicated,” DeSantis said. “That’s just the bottom line. People just need to understand that.”

COVID-19 “has animal reservoirs” and will become an endemic respiratory virus, he continued.

Fauci in recent weeks has said COVID-19 could become an endemic disease by 2022 if the United States increases its vaccination rates. Classifying the disease as endemic would be a downgrade from pandemic, meaning the spread would be less severe but stay constant.

Lockdowns and forced-masking haven’t stopped the pandemic, DeSantis noted. He called promoting medications and vaccines “a much better approach.”

“In Florida, we will not let them lock you down. We will not let them take your jobs. We will not let them harm your businesses. We will not let them close your schools,” he said. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on early evidence, according to The Associated Press. The mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.”

However, the Biden administration has said it could take two weeks to develop conclusive information about the variant.

“You can’t cripple your society for fear of a variant where we don’t even have any really meaningful data on,” DeSantis said. “The South African doctor that identified it, she said this has been very mild, and so why would you be doing knee jerk reactions?”

DeSantis, as he has done repeatedly, also threw a punch at the media for “narratives” around the virus.

“We are not, in Florida, going to allow any media-driven hysteria to do anything to infringe people’s individual freedoms when it comes to any type of COVID variants,” DeSantis said.

The Governor, who in August predicted the north would see a COVID-19 spike this winter, also called the disease seasonal.

“When I said over the summer, we have seasonal waves in the south, a lot of the (corporate) press (said) ‘Oh my gosh,'” DeSantis said. “Now that it’s taking off in the north, they don’t have governors that they want to blame for it. And so now they’re saying it’s seasonal, but that’s obvious that that’s the case.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at r[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • PeterH

    November 29, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    DeSantis’s horrible attempt at spin! He needs better “spin” coaching from Kelly Ann Conjob!

    • Impeach Biden

      November 29, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      DeSantis is probably the most popular Governor in the United States. Think about that Peter H. Florida is flourishing because
      DeSantis rightfully refused to shutdown the state. Your home value has probably gone up significantly as more and more people come here. The economy is strong here thanks to our fine Governor

      • PeterH

        November 29, 2021 at 8:51 pm

        DeSantis is popular among REPUBLICANS because he has endeared himself to Faux News and said stupid things that Republicans like Trump enjoy. It’s very hard to believe he has a law degree. His insipid policies will be spotlighted if he ever tries to run for President.

        • Juan

          December 2, 2021 at 3:03 pm

          You mean liked by sane smart people. That is what you were trying to spew

          • Captain Howdy

            December 2, 2021 at 4:06 pm

            Yeah he spews and spews and spews. PeterH is a Lincoln Project camp follower and first-class quisling.

    • Mark Lorange

      December 5, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      As a resident of Los Angeles, I would love to have a governor like DeSantis running California. I really would. Not sure why you hate him so much. He is well informed, does his homework on COVID and knows a lot more about it than most governors.

      • zhombre

        December 6, 2021 at 7:35 am

        Why do they hate him so much? Because these clowns are haters. Partisan, arrogant, sanctimonious and stupid.

  • Nico

    November 30, 2021 at 1:32 am

    American Hero. The next Reagan.

  • Angry

    November 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    60,000 plus dead in Florida. Governor Ron and his tit-less wife can go fuck themselves.

    • zhombre

      December 1, 2021 at 7:11 am

      You’re not angry. You’re insane, crude, and disgusting. Crawl back in your hole. Stay there.

      • TJC

        December 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

        This time I have to agree with you, zhombre.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 1, 2021 at 7:57 am

      How many dead in California? Florida is third in deaths. Maybe that’s because it is the third most populous state in the US. Basic math.

      • tjb

        December 1, 2021 at 8:17 am

        Have you looked at deaths per 100,000 citizens? Is Florida leading the nation in deaths?

      • tjb

        December 2, 2021 at 11:26 am

        Florida also is among the top 10 states in per capita death rates from COVID-19, at 281 deaths per 100,000 people. Its rate is higher than in Texas and California.

  • Raymond Kuceyeski

    November 30, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Thank goodness he wasn’t around when polio was infecting people. Such a defeatist attitude. More vaccinations would certainly help.

  • tjb

    November 30, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    I want more freedom for my children.
    What is Desantis doing to stop the vaccination requirements for my children to attend Florida’s K-12 schools?

  • Tom

    November 30, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Watch and enjoy the huge re election you sick pathetic non humans.

    Angry ( probably Alex) tjb, weasel peter h, Raymond as you all are ingrates.

    Last 60 days has been unbelievable momentum for the whiz kid Governor. America’s Governor thanks to incompetent Biden team.

    His keen intellect and ability to single handedly box Dums in, is legendary.

    DeSantis the best!

    • Angry

      November 30, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Go jack off to Fox News and pictures of the Governor’s titless wife. Have a great night.

      • Tom

        November 30, 2021 at 11:04 pm

        You are a sick pig Alex? Angry.
        Feel free to take your sleaze shots at me, you are degenerate.

        When you attack and ridicule a sick person, crap like you lives on the curb.

        Thanks for showing your pathetic pig mental side. The hospital didn’t help Alex, I mean angry, no I mean Alex.

        Enjoy Scum bag.

  • Tom

    November 30, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    More have died under Biden in 21compared to previous Potus in 20. What an incompetent team and job.

    Come on TV and yell at the American people, your incompetent Potus and Jen Psaki.
    His numbers will never recover. LMAO.

    • Angry

      November 30, 2021 at 11:30 pm

      Finished already, Tom? Go back for more Fox News crotch play and titless Casey. Nighty night.

      • Tom

        December 1, 2021 at 12:40 am

        Pig Alex.
        You can’t defend yourself.
        Rot in hell.

      • Tom

        December 1, 2021 at 7:13 am

        Angry Alex Scum bag.
        You smell from the curb, wipe the crap off your face. Mental when you ridicule a cancer patient.

      • Juan

        December 2, 2021 at 3:08 pm

        Angry, only morons like yourself and the rest on the insane people in this once great country think like you. It’s utterly sickening to think that there are so many like you. To insult someone for watching the only news channel with a shred of common sense shows the rest of the world you are just like the other imbeciles.

  • Angry

    December 1, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Tom, maybe Santa will bring you a new pair of knee pads just in case you get a chance to meet the Governor in the new year. Merry Christmas!

    • Tom

      December 1, 2021 at 8:00 am

      Go wash your face, living in the street with all the dog crap does you well.
      No pads, just facts.

      How’s all the COVID death in USA 21 compared to 20. You can’t handle the truth scum bag. Go rot in hell.

      Deranged, ridiculing a cancer patient, you putrid scum. Any time you want to meet let me know pal. Let me know the street corner you sleep on. I’ll crap on you. Go rot in hell.
      Obviously the hospital didn’t help you Alex.

  • Angry

    December 1, 2021 at 10:00 am

    I’d meet Tom, but you probably aren’t vaccinated and don’t wear a mask. Make sure the Governor is kind enough to give you a reach around. Have a lovely day.

    • Tom

      December 1, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Typical scared ass.
      Excuse maker.

      Don’t worry I’m healthy, unlike the scum you are. Obviously raised by scum as well. Mentally and physically unfit. You were a special project child by parents. What’s the family middle name, “scum”

      Why don’t you go mock a blind person, and a wheel chair victim. You pathetic leech.

      You have a special place in hell making fun of a cancer victim cause of your political hate.

      Pathetic pud licker.

      • Angry

        December 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

        I only ridicule folks who have shown zero sympathy for the 60,000-plus dead Floridians, many of whom have died as a result of the Governor’s ignorant, science-denying, purely politically motivated policies. Since his tit-less wife is often noted to be his most influential adviser, she obviously has as much blood on her hands as her husband does. Neither of them are worthy of mine or anyone else’s sympathy. They only deserve our scorn. You would understand this if your moronic head weren’t so far up your own ass. Now go try on those kneepads. You’ll have a “job” to give Ronnie since I doubt Miss Tit-less is up to the task nowadays.

        • Tom

          December 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm

          You are demented.
          Your illness has no limitation.
          Who are you to decide?
          What do you know?
          As if Fauci has been correct about anything you ignorant ass. Go wear three masks, so to cover up your hateful mouth. You are scum, raised by scum.

          Attempting to justify your hate is comical and pathetic.

          Only in the deep warped liberal crats mind and media can Covid be stopped.

          How’s your sputtering Potus 46 doing? We’ve had more death in 21 compared to 20. Have you seen Michigan’s numbers the last 2 months you idiot. Number one Covid. You couldn’t boat or garden with that tyrant want a be v p candidate. I guess she doesn’t giggle all day like Harris.

          You are scum manure. Go hang with your Manchurians. Rotting in hell is a victory for you.

          It just busts your liberal balls to have a perfect Gov and spouse, beautiful kids. From Tallahassee to the WH.

          You have alzie Joe, giggles Harris & incompetent Pete. The clown show is endless. Enjoy LMAO.

    • zhombre

      December 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Are you creepy Cray using another name? You share the same pathological anger with Cray. Seek therapy.

    • Juan

      December 2, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Keep wearing your mask and do what your told sheep. Un frikin believable!

  • FP Monitor

    December 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

    It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

    • zhombre

      December 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      It is a big mistake to pay attention to anything you, the self-appointed FP Monitor, or that repulsive moron Angry posts. Pretentious idiot, go take a long walk off a short pier.

    • Angry

      December 1, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Tom, your ignorance is obvious. I grow bored with you. Take the rod out of your mouth and get some rest. Maybe send a check to miss tit-less. Or bend over for the Governor. That seems your best bet. Have a wonderful day.

      • zhombre

        December 1, 2021 at 1:46 pm

        You are sick and loathsome creature. Have a wonderful day … in whatever stinking hell you live in.

      • Tom

        December 1, 2021 at 9:29 pm

        Really, ignorance. Run you wussy.
        You pathetic pig, you are a disgusting being.

        You were raised by animals. If you think your personal insults provide vindication for your pathetic existence you show your new born mental incapacity.

        You can’t defend your pathetic self nor any topic of note. Typical scumcrat from the sewer. Instead of using the dog crap as a pillow on the curb you sleep on, wash your face with it.

        Feel free to ridicule your alzie Potus 46, who has more Covid death on his hands in 21 compared to 20.

        When you ridicule a cancer patient their is a a special place in hell. Your parents are scum like you. The Scums.

        • Angry

          December 2, 2021 at 9:17 am

          How are those knee pads working out Tom?

          • Captain Howdy

            December 2, 2021 at 10:00 am

            You don’t need knee pad, fugly Angry dwarf. You are low enough to suck cock simply standing. Hook up with Lincoln Project cabana boy PeterH. He needs a date.

    • HPS

      December 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I really hate Trumpsters

  • Angry

    December 2, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Watch the language. With a mouth that dirty, the Governor will want you to get some knee pads too to take over for Tom, who has admirably been filling in for First Lady tit-less, who obviously isn’t up to the “job”. Have a great day.

    • Captain Howdy

      December 2, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Go back to your room in the roach motel and stay there

      • Angry

        December 2, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        Howdy, didn’t anyone ever teach you not to end a sentence with a preposition? Ya big dummy. Hope your new knee pads are working well. Almost as much as I hope the Governor’s family contracts Covid.

        • Captain Howdy

          December 2, 2021 at 1:29 pm

          LOL Moron, you don’t the difference between a preposition and an adverb. You really are a jerk and a fuck’n pretentious one. You probably got evicted from the roach motel.

        • Tom

          December 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm

          Roaches wouldn’t allow this scum bag and his family in.

          The only pads needed are for your sore ass. Doggie.

          You pathetic slime bag, mom and dad taught you well.

          • Concern Citizen

            December 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

            Tom, can we get a picture of you along with your address?

  • Tom

    December 5, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Non concerned and illegal citizen.

    America’s Governor and wonderful First Lady held a great forum on mental health. There good works demonstrate the class, dignity and good will they continue to advocate. Unlike the Dem Manchurians.

    Btw, If you have a public policy issue of note you wish to engage in with me feel free. I suffer Manchurians gladly as FP is full of me doing so. As to any other request you may have keep it to your self.

    • FP Monitor

      December 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

      It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

  • HPS

    December 5, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I really hope there isn’t another lock down, but I am concerned about the new strain of the covid19 virus. I won’t get the vaccine, because I believe it’s just as deadly as the virus.

    • Tom

      December 5, 2021 at 2:06 pm

      No lockdowns in Florida HPS.
      Florida not a lockdown state under America’s Governor. DeSantis the best! Faith,Family,Freedom in Florida.
      The 4 F’s.

      From the state house of Tallahassee to the Capital, WH.

      Can’t beat this family, JFK like.
      Liberals can’t stand it. Gov whiz kid!

  • Tom

    December 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Typical Manchurian response device.
    Go F yourself with your Manchurian team.
    Anything but a troll. Unlike you a ass wipe with the rest of your hateful Dums.

  • Tom

    December 5, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    You are just jealous pathetic weasel, peter h. You have no clue. Your association with Lincoln organization reflects your corrupt self.

    You have no understanding of legislative or financial legislation. The $1.9 trillion passed in March of 21 was partisan.

    Btw,, your continued lies and ignorance is endless. The U S Treasury reported in October they collected $4.5 trillion in tax revenues collected. A record collection, on top of the $2 trillion in addition collected in revenues. The tax cuts worked.

    Lastly, the IRS reported this week that the Republican passed tax reform that passed provided more take home pay and allowed earners to profit more in lower earned income categories up to $100,000 earned.

    Once again you lie and fail to comprehend basic economics. The GOP tax reform benefited working class Americans, period full stop!
    IRS data confirms.

    Peter h the weasel liar, incompetent just like the present clown show in DC.

    • PeterH

      December 5, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      You’re not good at math! You’re basically not good at much!

      • FP Minitor

        December 5, 2021 at 4:31 pm

        It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

      • Tom

        December 5, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        You are just a ignorant Lincoln suck hole.

        IRS declared tax cuts a meaningful cut in taxation by 10,12,15% in $35,000 to 100,000 Salary range.
        People earned more.

        Fed govts collected more tax revenue in its history, last fiscal year.

        These are facts! Based upon honest third party sources. Namely IRS and Treasury,

        Not only did GOP tax cuts pay for themselves, per cuts people earned more. Blue collar, Middle class, working class renaissance in play. Total realignment. Bad policy by AOC, squad, Sanders, Schumer, Pelosi, Harris and Allzie Joe.

        Dems have destroyed middle class.

        Go clean a toilet water boy.
        You are a predator like Lincoln Org.

        Go call Wilson & Schmidt.

      • Tom

        December 5, 2021 at 6:35 pm

        Pity you and all your Manchurian gladly you fool.

        I’m A political scientist, electoral savant, student of congress & presidency. You shine shoes for loser and defunct Lincoln Org.
        U Laughingstock.

  • PeterH

    December 5, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Whine on wingnut. Lincoln Project is 3 million members strong! FUN FACT:

    Collected tax revenues DID NOT COVER Trump’s $4 trillion added to the national debt BEFORE the pandemic.

    • Tom

      December 5, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      Go suck on Lincoln.
      3 million nothings
      $500,000 for fraud McAuliffe
      Go light your racist tiki torches.

      $4.5 trillion collected on tax revenue last fiscal years. Per Treasury.
      You are an idiot.

      GOP lowered taxes on those earning under $100,000. $100,000 to $500,000 recd reductions too.
      Rising tide lifts all boats. Not your socialism.

      Renaissance in Middle class. Middle class abandoning Dems and independents are done with Dems.

      You know nothing.

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