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Doctors urge Governor DeSantis to require face masks

A group of doctors is calling on Florida's Governor to mandate wearing face masks in public as...
A group of doctors is calling on Florida's Governor to mandate wearing face masks in public as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. (AP) (WJHG)
Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 11:41 PM CDT
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The state’s coronavirus dashboard recorded a record 2,776 new cases Tuesday.

It marks the 14th day in a row of over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Now, a group of physicians is calling on the Governor to mandate the use of face masks in order to stop the spread.

Call it COVID-Burnout, physicians in the state’s capital believe after three solid months of pandemic panic, Floridians are beginning to drop their guard and their masks.

“You may not like wearing a mask, but it beats wearing a ventilator,” said Dr. Ron Saff, a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

More than 10,000 cases have been reported in the last week alone.

“If we do not do better in responding to this spread, another 100,000 people or more may die of the same disease,” said Dr. Howard Kessler President of PSR-FL.

They’ve asked the Governor to make face masks mandatory in public places by issuing an executive order.

“He has a moral and leadership obligation to reduce sickness and deaths among Floridians and to set and example for the nation,” said Dr. Donald Axelrad, who is on the board of PSR-FL.

The physicians said by simply wearing a face mask, you’re six times less likely to spread or contract the virus.

“People should have the courtesy and respect for others to wear a mask. Unfortunately, voluntary requests to wear a mask seem to be falling on deaf ears,” said Dr. Saff.

With the Governor having largely taken a Libertarian approach to the pandemic response, putting the onus on the individual to either heed or ignore guidance, it’s unlikely he will take any enforceable action on face masks.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have mandatory face mask requirements in public spaces.