Signs point to the potential that the coronavirus/COVID-19 is spreading faster in Florida than is being reported by our state’s health officials:
- testing is inadequate and limited, many, including healthcare professionals, are told to wait until they become sicker, or call back next week for an appointment
- testing supplies are not being sent to the hardest hit areas
- hospitalizations are not being reported – that’s important because it can take 2-3 weeks before an infection reaches the point of hospital care and that information should be part of the tracking of the infection
Meanwhile our Governor is lagging behind other states and facing criticism that he is not showing any urgency to take a stand; leaving that to individual municipalities and counties where evidence of leadership is being shown. Of note, home rule is proving to be more effective than the constant pre-emption by the state that has been practiced for the last several years.
Florida’s unemployment assistance, already “stingy and unreliable” per the Miami Herald, was flooded with calls and online requests that crashed the website on Saturday.
My advice, while the government plays catch-up, is to practice social distancing as much as much possible to prevent spreading the infection and potentially overwhelming our hospitals.