Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio released a two-minute video on Wednesday explaining that public leaders must now face the difficult choice of pushing forward with a measured economic reopening along with the realistic expectation that COVID-19 cases will consequently rise again and hat deaths will never “be zero.”
Rubio noted that in order to return Americans to work, the country first must achieve levels of testing, isolation, and contact tracing that many believe still are far from reach to make sure the most vulnerable in the population remain protected.
“No one can tell you for certain when all of this is going to end. But here are some fundamental truths that people need to hear, and they need to start hearing now,” Rubio said. “Number one: Until we have a vaccine, the infection rate and the death rate is never going to be zero.”
“Number two,” Rubio continued, “any opening that we make that allow people to come in contact with more people is going to increase the number of infections, is going to increase the number of deaths.”
“Number three: What we are doing now is not sustainable long-term. We cannot keep the country in this condition for six months, for nine months, for a year, until we have a vaccine.”
“And number four,” Rubio concluded, “things aren’t just going to go magically back to the way they were on March 1st; no matter what kind of openings we see, it will not be back immediately to business as usual,” he said.
“Rubio’s message from there is one of society and political leaders seeking whatever optimal balance is possible between an improved but still recessed economy and an improved but still dangerous coronavirus pandemic,” explains FloridaPolitics. “That might be a message that plays particularly bad in Florida, given that something less than business-as-usual is not likely to include robust confidence in tourism and leisure, Florida’s economic bread and butter, and protection of the most vulnerable would mean far more caution in Florida, the nation’s second-largest population (behind California) of vulnerable senior citizens.”
“The road ahead will not be easy,” Rubio concludes.
The most common question I hear is when will we know it’s ok to restart the economy & get back to normal.
The answer depends on what our expectations are. pic.twitter.com/aERW6mQxdD
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 15, 2020