FL Surgeon General Urges Americans to Defy Mask Mandates – Issues New Guidelines to ‘Buck’ CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting an uptick in COVID cases, and Americans are afraid that the country could return to lockdown or implement new mask mandates this fall. Starting last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo are taking steps to protect Floridians from future mandates, issuing significant changes to the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.

“What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or restarting lockdowns that are known to cause harm? You don’t call it sanity,” Ladapo posted to X on Thursday.

“These terrible policies only work with your cooperation. How about refusing to participate…”

The Governor’s Press Office stated on the same day that DeSantis and Ladapo would be working to “buck” the CDC amid fears of new mandates and described significant changes to existing health guidelines to fight back against “Fauci’s status quo.” Those changes include:

“… pushing back on unscientific corporate masking, reducing isolation for all Floridians including those in schools and daycares, and recommending that physicians should exercise their individual clinical judgement and expertise based on their patients’ needs and preferences.” ~ Aug. 24, 2023

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“People want to live freely in Florida, without corporate masking creating a two-tier society and without overbearing isolation for children,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “We are empowering health care practitioners to follow science, not Fauci’s status quo.”

The statement criticized the CDC’s guidelines and pointed out that many corporations have continued to enforce mask mandates despite evidence that cloth face coverings do not prevent transmission of COVID-19. The new Florida guidance instructs businesses not to enforce employee mask mandates, recognizing that millions of residents “who for no reason whatsoever have been forced to wear a mask at work.”

The new changes also target COVID-19 isolation protocols. The new guidance for daycares, schools, and the general public now limits the recommended length of isolation to a maximum of five days. It also clarifies that children in daycare should not be made to wear a mask and that whether students should wear a mask should be left up to their parents.

“The new 5-day isolation guidance for COVID-19 issued by the Florida Department of Health is based on science and was informed by access to treatments, the benefits and harms of isolation, and widespread immunity,” the Governor’s office said.

“The 5-day guidance does not rely on the use of masks as a mitigation technique among the general public, as the use of masks has been shown to be ineffective in preventing transmission. This guidance recognizes that the CDC’s guidance is vastly out of date and has forced Floridians to miss work and school even when it is safe to return.”

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Ladapo also iterated that Florida already has “widespread natural and vaccine-induced immunity.”

“Evidence suggests that most secondary transmission occurs early on. Our state will continue to make decisions for Floridians rooted in sound science, not fear, whether they are working or in school.”

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