The New York Daily News reports:
A spokesman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis deleted his Twitter account Thursday after sending yet another controversial tweet about the coronavirus pandemic.
Fred Piccolo responded to Reuters editor Corrine Perkins at around 4 a.m. Thursday, South Florida NPR affiliate WLRN reported. Perkins had shared a series of photos showing trauma at hospitals during the pandemic.
“I’m wondering since 99% of Covid patients survive shouldn’t you have 99 photos of survivors for every one fatality?” Piccolo wrote.
The South Florida SunSentinel reports:
Piccolo’s tweet drew an almost immediate angry response. “Survive? I have friends who ‘survived’ who have hair falling out and can’t walk across a room without getting winded,” read one reply.
“Do some math for me, Fred. How many people is 1% of 330 million?” read another. “Creating a narrative that is not reality is a good way to talk about Florida’s COVID numbers,” replied another.
Piccolo has gained notoriety for his often acerbic Twitter account that has pushed misinformation about the coronavirus. He has questioned the efficacy of mask-wearing and mask mandates at least 16 times a Sun Sentinel report found.
This thread is dedicated to those saying we aren’t seeing images of the reality of COVID-19 in hospitals across the U.S.
This is not an exhaustive list but I wanted to highlight the stories @reuterspictures photographers bring to light.
Photo by Callaghan O’Hare in Houston pic.twitter.com/94yD7b2Jq8
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) December 22, 2020
— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) December 24, 2020