Florida surgeon general shares why he refused lawmaker with cancer’s request he wear a mask

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo defends his decision not to wear a mask during a meeting with Florida State Senator Tina Polsky (D), who is battling stage 1 breast cancer and asked him to wear a face covering while he was in her office.

“Having a conversation with someone while wearing a mask is not productive for me, especially when there are other options,” Ladapo said in a statement on Tuesday. “I think it’s important to communicate clearly and effectively with people. I can’t do that with half my face covered.” Ben Diamond (D) of the state of Florida immediately pushed back, tweeting, “Doctors communicate effectively while wearing a mask all the time. In fact, Floridians across the state have been doing the same thing for over a year now.”

Last week, Polsky told Florida Politics that Ladapo had asked to meet with her and other senators in Tallahassee, and when he stopped by her office with two legislative aides, she asked them to wear masks because they had “a serious medical condition.” ailment”. Polsky said Ladapo offered to go out, and she replied, “I don’t want you to go out. I want you to sit in my office and talk to you.” Ladapo did not respond when Polsky asked why he couldn’t wear a mask, she said, and was “very smug.”

Polsky told Florida Politics that getting COVID-19 would delay the start of her cancer treatments. “I really wanted to interview him,” she added. “I had a lot of good questions. So that was a shame I didn’t. But I felt really uncomfortable.”

Ladapo, a former associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA whose area of ​​expertise is cardiovascular disease, was named surgeon general in September by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). Both men oppose mask and vaccine mandates, with Ladapo going against established science and publicly questioning how well COVID-19 vaccines work, The Washington Post reports.

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