Florida leads the nation in Covid cases and hospitalizations. No surprise here. The state governor, Ron DeSantis, is the walking personification of Donald Trump's ego. He has outlawed mask mandates in schools statewide. He has bullied every county by threatening to withdraw state funding if they enact mask mandates in the counties and cities. Its worked. Everyone has cowed to his directives even when they know the science has definitively shown that vaccines and mask wearing will slow the spread of the Delta variant of the virus.
It has gotten so bad in Hillsborough County, my county, that all elected surgeries have been cancelled in all the hospitals. That's right. There are so many new cases (1570/day) and hospitalizations (924 patients) that the hospitals have turned away patients that need life preserving surgery, including cancer surgeries and pediatric corrective surgeries. Only emergency surgeries are being performed. The healthcare system of Tampa is virtually paralyzed due to Covid but Ron DeSantis and his cronies refuse to even ask folks to wear masks.
The party is nonstop in Florida. From Tampa/St. Pete to Miami the beaches are full, and the liquor is flowing as we roll through the end of the summer. Young people are getting sick and dying but that has not stopped the insanity of no mask wearing, no vaccine taking in the state of Florida. I write this post as a witness to this phase of the pandemic where logic and science has no place in the entire State of Florida.
I have traveled the country including Detroit, Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia Beach, Raleigh NC, Mrytle Beach SC, Savannah GA, and Jacksonville FL this summer to understand the state of the pandemic and how people are coping. I come home to find the worse situation and the most poorly managed region is my state – Florida. What death toll is necessary before Governor DeSantis changes. Well, I for one am not waiting around for the insane to become enlightened. I am getting out of Florida until the wave is over or everyone that has not been vaccinated dies. Sounds ugly when you say it out loud, but when you are required to walk the streets of Tampa/St Pete with a mask on and risk being confronted by the Covid deniers and ardent no mask wearers who are willing to risk your life, it's easy to be the Angry Man every dam day.
The Angry Man
We all know an angry man. It seems he always speaks with passion even when the words appear