Florida's surgeon general: Masks hamper clear communication
The statement came after a state senator didn't let him in her office without a mask, citing a serious health condition
October 27, 2021
MIAMI - Florida's surgeon general said that conversations while wearing masks aren't productive and that he offered to meet elsewhere when a state senator didn't let him in her office without a mask, citing a serious health condition.
Dr. Joseph Ladapo said in a statement released Tuesday that he offered to meet outside or in a hallway for his scheduled meeting last week with Democratic state Sen. Tina Polsky. He said he doesn't believe he can communicate clearly and effectively while wearing a mask. Polsky was not satisfied, he said.
"I attempted in good faith to find some way for us to communicate that would respect each of our preferences," Ladapo said in a statement posted on Twitter. "Having a conversation with someone while wearing a mask is not something I find productive, especially when other options exist."