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Journo Jim Roberts has no choice but to conclude that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis '[wants] cruise ship passengers to get sick'

Journalist and Dead Head Jim Roberts is just beside himself.

And wouldn’t you be, too, if you found out that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted cruise ship passengers to get sick?

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Sheer insanity! Jonathan Chait can tell you all about it:

Several Republican-run states have enacted laws forbidding private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. The reductio ad absurdum of this stance comes via Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who is threatening to block a cruise line from resuming service if it requires passengers to be vaccinated. But the law DeSantis signed in Florida would impose a fine of $5,000 per person required to show proof of vaccination, and the governor says he will not back down.

Cruise ships are, of course, a well-known vector for the coronavirus. They inherently pack a lot of people into a confined space, and have terrifyingly high rates of infection. Aside from the public-health ramifications, it’s difficult to imagine cruises luring anything close to their pre-pandemic number of customers without being able to give them the assurance that their fellow passengers will be vaccinated.

The DeSantis position is that both the public interest in suppressing virus transmission, and the private interest of businesses in protecting their workforce and reassuring customers, are overridden by an even more compelling interest: safeguarding the rights of individuals who refuse to get vaccinated.

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Or maybe the DeSantis position is that people who voluntarily go on a cruise do so knowing that they’re at risk if they haven’t been vaccinated. It’s actually pretty simple and straightforward. Not sure why Jonathan Chait and Jim Roberts are so flabbergasted.

Unless, of course, they’re flabbergasted because Ron DeSantis has actually navigated the COVID19 pandemic relatively well and understands that we’re at a point where we should be trying to recapture some semblance of normalcy. And that includes not having to brandish proof of vaccination for the next 20 years.

They could.

From a scientific standpoint, at least, Roberts’ outrage doesn’t make much sense.

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Madness? Or just following the science?

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