Florida health official gets slammed for lengthy comment about COVID

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has locked horns with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis when it comes to COVID-19, including a March announcement. “The Florida Department of Health will be the first state to officially recommend COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children,” said Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. But after a meeting this week with the US House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, its chairman, South Carolina Democrat Jim Clyburn, criticized what he called the “Surgeon General and Governor DeSantis” attempts to block coronavirus vaccinations for your children .” Florida was the only state to skip pre-ordering the vaccine for children under five. Ladapo tweeted that “blatantly false statements” are being “perpetuated by the COVID Oversight Committee.” Ladapo’s spokesperson Jeremy Redfern tweeted on his personal account to the COVID-19 oversight committee: “Long COVID equals anxiety.” ief health spokesperson thinks long or long COVID-19 is a joke. Matt Seibel, an Orlando physician, said long-haul COVID-19 is “real.” “Not only is it ‘something’ anecdotal. It’s a ‘thing’ from a medical perspective,” Seibel said. Seibel explained that long-distance COVID-19 can involve symptoms lasting more than 30 days after infection. These symptoms are constant pain, headache, body aches, fatigue and disorientation. Local Democratic Rep. Anna Escamani also called it unacceptable that the surgeon general’s chief spokesperson is using social media to dispute the long-term nature of COVID-19, which is being widely studied by the government and medical community. “Communications staff in government agencies are not only spreading misinformation, they are also weaponizing their platforms for partisanship,” Escamani said. But Republican Rep. Scott Placon says personal social media comments are protected like any free speech. “But as their spokesperson, I guess he can write whatever he wants, but he has to answer to his boss if it’s something that’s not in line with the department,” Placon said. The National Institutes of Health is spending $1 billion on COVID-19 research. Redfern declined our request for an interview. When we asked for a statement to explain what he meant by the tweet, he directed us to one of his tweets.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has locked horns with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis when it comes to COVID-19, including a March announcement.

“The Florida Department of Health will be the first state to officially recommend the COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children,” said Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo.

But after a meeting this week with the US House of Representatives’ special committee on the coronavirus crisis, its chairman, South Carolina Democrat Jim Clyburn, criticized what he called “attempts by the surgeon general and Governor DeSantis to block your children’s coronavirus vaccinations.”

Florida was the only state to skip pre-ordering the vaccine for children under the age of five.

Ladapo tweeted that “blatantly false statements” were being “perpetuated by the COVID Oversight Commission”.

Ladapo spokesperson Jeremy Redfern tweeted on his personal account to the COVID-19 oversight committee: “Long COVID equals anxiety.”

In reactive posts, some interpreted the state’s chief health spokesman as thinking long or long-term COVID-19 was a joke.

Dr. Matt Seibel, an Orlando physician, said long-haul COVID-19 is “real.”

“Not only is it ‘something’ anecdotal. It’s a ‘thing’ from a medical perspective,” Seibel said.

Seibel explained that long-distance COVID-19 can involve symptoms lasting more than 30 days after infection. These symptoms are constant pain, headache, body aches, fatigue and disorientation.

Local Democratic Rep. Anna Escamani also called it unacceptable that the surgeon general’s chief spokesperson is using social media to dispute the long-term nature of COVID-19, which is being widely studied by the government and medical community.

“Communications officers in government agencies are not only spreading misinformation, they are also weaponizing their platforms for partisanship,” Escamani said.

But Rep. Scott Placon, a Republican, says personal social media comments are protected like any free speech.

“But as their spokesperson, I guess he can write whatever he wants, but he has to answer to his boss if it’s something that’s not in line with the department,” Placon said.

The National Institutes of Health is spending $1 billion on long-distance COVID-19 research.

Redfern declined our request for an interview. When we asked for a statement to explain what he meant by the tweet, he directed us to one of his own tweets.

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