On Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., referred to “irrational hysteria” about the increase in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant.

Rubio’s comments came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more than 75,900 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on the same day.

“Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis,” Rubio wrote in his tweet.

“And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge. The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days,” he added, according to Newsmax.

As the CDC reported, the 7-day daily average of COVID-19 cases has risen to 42,600. It is more than double the peak of the state’s Delta variation-induced surge in summer 2021.

On Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, the number of new cases in Florida set a single-day record. It shattered the previous high of more than 58,000 instances registered the day before.

Rubio has been a vocal critic of the COVID-19 frenzy.

“We have media hysteria over Covid “cases” because “bad news” sells. But what matters isn’t how many people have Covid, what matters is how many people are seriously ill. The real story here is how for the fully vaccinated the risk of serious illness appears to be near zero,” he had already tweeted in August 2020.

According to The Hill, most cases of the Omicron variant are mild, and there is no spike in hospitalizations or deaths – at least for the time being.

The CDC has recently updated its advice. People with no symptoms of COVID-19 can end their isolation after five days, rather than the previously suggested ten days, said the agency.

As the government health professionals said, the objective is to get people back to work.

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