Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo continued establishing himself as the voice of reason this week with a sharp rebuttal of proponents who still think masks save lives.
Continuing his criticism of mask mandates and sweeping restrictions, Ladapo challenged lawmakers and health officials on both sides of the political aisle who ignore clear evidence presented by clinical trials that there is little to no protection afforded the wearer by paper or cloth coverings.
And zero evidence of benefits for young people.
Ladapo cites examples of doctors being barred from social media and even having their licenses suspended despite such results. “That’s happening, and it’s still happening” to physicians courageous enough to point out what actual science shows, Ladapo says. The former professor has been public with his belief that masks are largely ineffective while vaccinations limit hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
The Florida Surgeon General also highlighted clear evidence that mandatory mask policies in schools are detrimental to education, especially in early childhood. According to experts, social interactions for the very young rely on critical facial expressions in developing cultural, language and social skills.
Last week, teaming with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Dr. Ladapo announced new statewide COVID-19 guidance that resists corporate masking requirements and reduces isolation guidelines for all state residents. A key element in the significant changes is the recommendation that physicians use their clinical judgment and expertise in treating patients.
Dr. Ladapo urged doctors to use their wisdom, experience and scientific expertise, “which is what doctors usually do.”
Or, as Gov. DeSantis says, “Follow science, not Fauci’s status quo.”
Part of the changes implemented by DeSantis and Ladapo include removing requirements for children in daycare facilities to quarantine and allowing the return of those who test positive for the coronavirus within five days without a test.
Another critical change says all corporate employees should not be forced to wear a mask at work, though the state government’s recommendations are non-binding.
Predictably, the far-left has lashed out at a physician who dares to break ranks from the vaccine “religion” and makes choices based on evidence. The Florida Department of Health rejected as baseless a charge brought by a South Florida eye doctor that Dr. Ladapo made statements about COVID-19 that he knew were false.
As Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried has the expertise to dispense medical advice, has called Dr. Ladapo “an anti-science quack.” Fried has announced she is running for governor.
Lapaso, for the record, holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.