If you had to pick one state that best fits the description "canary-in-the-coal-mine" it would have to be Florida. From what we know about COVID-19 risk, Florida has it all: age, obesity, co-morbidities, poverty, immigrants, etc., you name it they've got it.
- June 15th, 2020 - The U.S. FDA revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Hydroxychloroquine. The EUA had been granted three months earlier and no state embraced HCQ quite like Florida. (Side note: Though I live in Utah, I had to get my first prescription for HCQ from a Florida pharmacy.) Immediately following the revocation, deaths spiked. And not just in Florida - it was nationwide.
- June 24th, 2021 - Florida reaches 50% average vaccination rate. (55% have 1 shot, 46% have 2 shots.) Coincidentally, this marks the low point in deaths.
- July 15th, 2021 - Pharmacists stop filling prescriptions for Ivermectin. Doesn't matter if you have a legal prescription from a licensed Dr., you can no longer get Ivermectin in most cases from a pharmacy. The FDA, CDC, NIH, and WHO had been doing everything they could to block Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine all along in an apparent attempt to force everyone to get vaccinated, but they had always allowed independent doctors to practice medicine and write prescriptions. That quietly changed on 7/15/21 when the word went out to pharmacists to stop filling the prescriptions. Deaths immediately take-off in FL and reach their highest point in the pandemic.
- August 16th, 2021 - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces a unique initiative to provide free, no prescription, no PCR test, Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) sites throughout the state and by 8/16 many of the sites are up and running. Deaths from COVID-19 immediately drop like a rock to the point they have reached a new low.