Ebene News – CA – Opinion: Regarding COVID-19, the situation is “sunnier” in Quebec than in Florida

A man rides a bicycle as people walk on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida, June 26, 2020 (Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images / CNN)

MONTREAL –
This time of year, many Canadians plan vacations, and perhaps the most attractive destinations are Florida beaches. South Florida is especially popular with our snowbirds looking to escape the harsh winter conditions in many areas of the county.

This year, however, the pandemic has seen many vacation plans canceled – according to the Canadian Snowbird Association, more than 70% of the roughly 500,000 people who typically head south have chosen to stay put in 2020 instead.

Making the alleged sacrifice of canceling this year’s trip to Florida is a wise move The weather may be a lot better there, but the COVID-19 situation in the sunny state is not very bright

During the week of December 14, Florida reported around 10,727 cases and 102 deaths per day, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 20,690 According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March, the state has recorded over 11 million cases of COVID-19

It is true that the population of Florida (215 million) is two and a half times the population of Quebec of 8 million However, the number of confirmed cases in the state is six times that of Quebec – as of Friday December 18, Quebec had a total of 176,985 confirmed cases

For the week of December 14, Florida recorded three and a half times more daily deaths from COVID-19 than Quebec, which had an average of 29 deaths per day And in terms of the positivity rate – the ratio of confirmed cases to the number of tests – for the week of December 14, Florida’s rate was around 87% while the rate for Quebec was 49 percent. p>

Some of those Canadians who made the trip to Florida seem astonished to find that so many others didn’t. As one snowbird put it, “many stayed home I guess they ran scared “

The reality is that those who resisted the temptation had good reason to do so besides the data on COVID-19 in Florida, what has been equally baffling is the governor’s response to the crisis. State, Ron DeSantis

Indeed, he has been widely accused of downplaying the severity of the pandemic as it escalated across Florida. DeSantis continues to reject orders for masks, limits on indoor dining, and sanctions for establishments that allow people to congregate closely

Thankfully our political leaders have been much more vigilant Yesterday CTV reported the Ford government would likely lock up all of Ontario later this week Premier Francois Legault also called for an 18-day province-wide lockdown to Beginning on Christmas Day, with non-essential businesses closing across the province from December 25 through January 11

A poll conducted in mid-December by Léger and the Association for Canadian Studies poll found that nearly two in three Canadians support provincial closures during the holiday season and understand the importance of doing so if we want to. fight against the pandemic

It is true that there is an obvious contradiction: the Canadian government is imposing border closures that aim to prevent non-essential travel to the United States, but it allows quite a few non-essential travel by air. In other words, you can fly to Florida from a local airport, but you can’t get there by car

The reasoning behind this discrepancy has long required an explanation from our politicians Now it makes even less sense with our provincial governments on the verge of enacting vacation lockouts and urging us to avoid doing things that aren’t. not essential

In the meantime, for snowbirds still considering a Florida escape, be sure to make an informed decision by educating yourself about the COVID situation at your destination. In the end, you might come to the conclusion that at this point it’s best to stay put

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Ebene News – CA – Opinion: Regarding COVID-19, the situation is “sunnier” in Quebec than in Florida

Source: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/opinion-when-it-comes-to-covid-19-the-situation-is-sunnier-in-quebec-than-in-florida-1.5240480