Florida with no masks or lockdowns is seeing 8% fewer deaths than US average and doing just as well as California which has masks and lockdowns

Mar 17, 2021

  • Gov Ron DeSantis hit out at those who criticized his no-restriction approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, defiantly telling them: ‘Florida got it right’ 
  • The state hasn’t had any statewide restrictions for six months after DeSantis allowed businesses, including bars and restaurants, to open at full capacity 
  • He also prohibited municipalities from fining people who refuse to wear masks
  • His approach was criticized at the time by some health experts and the governors of Democratic states, such as California and New York
  • Despite starkly differing approaches, Florida and California have both experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates 
  • Florida’s response to the pandemic has meant its economy has been booming 

Florida has had roughly 3 percent more COVID-19 cases per capita than the US total but 8 percent less deaths.

While research has found that mask mandates and limits on group activities can help slow the spread of COVID-19, states with greater government-imposed restrictions, such as California, have not always fared better than those without them.

Florida’s response to the pandemic has meant its economy has been booming.

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