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Rep. Ted Yoho Rejects Masks

05/18/2020

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) has deviated from his colleagues by not wearing a mask in the hallways of the Capitol. When asked why not, he replied "there is just no need". He justifies his decision on the basis of herd immunity and he believes that the only way the population will be protected is by exposure. He is also of the persuasion that COVID-19 is no more serious than influenza. 


In eschewing masks in public, Rep. Yoho is at variance with recommendations from the Surgeon General and the CDC. His position is even more difficult to understand given that he graduated from Florida State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.  


Dr. Yoho has consistently downplayed the importance of COVID-19 stating that the virus has been blown out of proportion and he compares local, state and national response to “cinematic fiction”.  With 1.4 million cases and 90,000 fatalities and rising, that’s a heck of a movie.