Earlier this week, hundreds of Floridian pediatricians wrote a letter to
antiva superspreader Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis asking him to reconsider his murderous COVID-19 strategy (apparently, DeSantis is a big fan; boldface mine):
Physicians across Florida are concerned about Florida’s children and their risk of COVID-19 infections. As the virus burns through Florida, health care providers feel we are fighting this fire without any leadership from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Blocking communities from making local decisions to protect themselves with his top-down, one-size-fits-all edict will only make matters worse.
His executive order prohibiting local school districts from implementing COVID-19 safeguards exposes every child to a virus that is deadlier than the flu, as contagious as smallpox and preventable with two basic mitigation measures: mask use and vaccinations. The governor has effectively ruled out the former, and done too little to stress the latter for students. With schools resuming and children returning to classrooms, Gov. DeSantis’ strategy puts people at risk, including children…
To protect the health of vulnerable Floridians, we are calling on Gov. DeSantis to do three things immediately.
One, Gov. DeSantis should repeal his reckless executive order and allow and encourage local school districts to implement safeguards such as mask-wearing that can minimize COVID-19 spread.
Two, his administration must resume reporting COVID-19 daily data in full.
And three, Gov. DeSantis must do much more to get vaccinations in people’s arms…
Shots in arms are only part of an effective safety strategy. For children ineligible for a vaccine, the only protection they have against COVID-19 is for them to wear a mask, and for those around them to do the same. As physicians, we agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that all schools have students, staff and teachers wear masks, which scientific evidence shows reduces COVID-19 spread.
What’s heartbreaking and infuriating for us as doctors is watching children needlessly suffer while Gov. DeSantis rejects simple protections such as masks and vaccinations…
Waving the flag of personal choice, as Gov. DeSantis does, even as those choices endanger the lives of others, only robs millions of Floridians of the freedom to eat out, be with their loved ones and, yes, learn in schools safely.
Enough is enough. Florida needs to mask up, get vaccinated and have a governor willing to lead.
Yet I haven’t seen any calls from ‘respectable’ media for either his resignation or removal from office (there is a hashtag #ImpeachDeSantis, but that’s not quite the same thing…). Because it’s pretty clear he is endangering his constituents’ lives for his own political gain. Newspapers have called for impeachment and pronounced scandal for far less (really, they have; I’m old).
As some asshole with a blog noted a while ago:
So I keep returning to this problem: most state and local governments failed–in too many cases, catastrophically–to meet the greatest acute domestic challenge in my lifetime. Yet our political system won’t punish them for that failure, and most of them won’t resign either (STOP LAUGHING! STOP LAUGHING NOW!). I get that this [the COVID-19 pandemic] is (likely, hopefully) a one-off event, but a lack of accountability given such failure still does not seem to be a good thing.
It really isn’t.