President Joe Biden’s top COVID-19 adviser wrongly predicted that Florida would experience a large, “house on fire” virus outbreak unrivaled by states with lockdown restrictions due to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s reopening orders.
“Florida is ripe for another large outbreak,” Dr. Michael Osterholm told CNN’s Jake Tapper in October. “What they’ve done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there. And you and I could be talking probably in eight to 10 weeks and I will likely bet that Florida will be a house on fire.”
Osterholm also ragged on North Dakota and South Dakota for maintaining anti-lockdown and mask policies that he labeled as political decisions motivated by “pseudoscience.” Despite Osterholm’s previously failed projections and his drastic vacillations on COVID mitigation strategies, Tapper praised the adviser for “being right the whole time” about COVID-19.
“I wish that at one point you had been wrong in any of the things that you’ve projected and predicted, but you’ve been right the whole time and it just must be maddening,” Tapper said, shaking his head.
Yes, a seasonal case surge was about to happen nationwide, but Florida handled things well despite having among the nation's highest over-65 population percentages. They also compared quite favorably with Democrat-run California and New York, among others.
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) February 11, 2021
Osterholm made a similar mistake in November when he wrongly predicted that hospitals would be “collapsing” by early December. (Read more from “Top Biden COVID Adviser Wrong About Spiking COVID-19 Numbers (Again)” HERE)