The COVID pandemic has brought along with it a large number of tyrannical and unscientific public policies. Unfortunately, America’s children have been forced to endure many of these punitive edicts. The state of Florida has been a rare beacon of common sense and liberty through it all. That trend continued this week as the newly appointed surgeon general issued a new rulemaking quarantine for students exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual optional. As long as the student is not experiencing any symptoms, they can attend school.
The previous rule required that students stay at home after exposure for four days and get a negative test result before returning to school. If not tested, the quarantine would last at least seven days. The rule change is small, but when viewed in light of Florida’s policies overall, it is yet another example of the state leading the charge to return normal life to children in the state. By comparison, a school in Washington is now requiring students to wear masks while they chew and swallow at lunch.
The new rule was signed by Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who Ron Desantis appointed to his new position on Tuesday. Ladapo received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School as well as having a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the Harvard Graduate school of Arts and Sciences. He is also a former professor at UCLA. Despite his impressive academic and professional credentials, Dr. Ladapo is being criticized as an “anti-masker and vaccine skeptic.” In other words, the brilliant and accomplished scientist is being criticized for being a scientist instead of a cultist.