TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Thursday unveiled a series of updated COVID-19 guidelines in a statement announcing the move as opposition to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The State Department of Health, led by Ladapo, now recommends companies stop requiring employees to wear masks. They provide physicians with a way to complain to state regulators whose health facilities are withdrawing on aggressive treatment plans for COVID-19 patients. And they advise that Floridians can stop isolating themselves five days after testing positive for the virus, as long as they do not have a fever and their symptoms get better.
“We do not want people being sued for just running normal business if someone gets a respiratory virus. It’s not something you can just stop,” DeSantis said in a video message sent to Rumble, an alternative to Youtube. there is a favorite among conservatives. “But at the same time, we want all of these institutions to follow sound guidance that is in the best interests of their institutions, their employees, and the state.”
The announcement came via an email release moments after DeSantis addressed a who-is-who among conservative politicians at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. In his speech at the conference, he claimed that Florida had “defeated fauciism,” – a stab at the more cautious coronavirus approach recommended by Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor.
The recommendation that companies stop demanding that employees disguise themselves does not appear to come up with any enforcement mechanism, and this is partly contradicted by other state rules. One of the conditions under which a Floridian can evade a company’s vaccine mandate is that sign a form provided by the Ministry of Health, where the person undertakes to wear protective equipment.
Fresh from his confirmation by the Florida SenateLadapo claimed that masks do not protect workers, nor do they protect their customers.
“And that, of course, is terribly uncomfortable for the employees.” DeSantis added in Rumble videowhich was titled “Buck the CDC.”
For more than a year, DeSantis and Ladapo have been calling for more aggressive treatment plans for COVID-19. They have each at different times proclaimed hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment, for example. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an emergency use permit allowing physicians to treat COVID patients with this drug by 2020, subsequent studies have shown it to be ineffective against the virus.
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On Thursday, Ladapo sent out new guide for healthcare providers allows physicians to exercise their “individual clinical judgment and expertise” when treating COVID-19 patients. If a physician feels that their health center does not allow them to do so, the state has created a way for providers to file a complaint with regulators.
The guide lists the antidepressant fluvoxamine and inhaled budesonide, which are used to treat shortness of breath, as two potential drugs that doctors could consider using off-label to treat the virus.
It is not clear what other treatments the guide may apply to. Spokesmen for the governor’s office and the health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This story can be updated.