Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Three Years of Florida’s Success After Rejecting COVID-19 Orthodoxy
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis of Winter Haven, Florida marked the third year since the implementation of "15 Days to Slow the Spread" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and put the United States under a state of emergency. President Biden has perpetuated issues that arose from widespread lockdowns by enforcing a federal vaccine mandate for health care workers as well as requiring proof of vaccination for international tourists three years after the initial lockdown orders. The President also continues to fight to maintain a federal mask mandate for air travel.

Governor DeSantis stated, "Florida bucked the COVID-19 orthodoxy and instead used commonsense policies to become a refuge of sanity. Federal vaccine mandates and restrictions were never about protecting Americans from a virus, they were exercising control at the expense of the American economy and the American way of life. In Florida, we did not abdicate our leadership decisions to DC bureaucrats. Instead, we bucked the bureaucrats by ensuring kids could be in school, Floridians could go to work and businesses could thrive."

Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo added, "Three years ago, we were told there were 15 days to slow the spread, and today, with nearly 100% of the American public having contracted the coronavirus, the federal government continues to rely on fear and manipulation to peddle vaccines that don't prevent transmission. As State Surgeon General I am grateful for Governor DeSantis' leadership and for choosing facts and reason over fear in response to COVID-19 in Florida."

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Florida's common-sense approach allowed it to thrive despite pseudoscientific policies from the federal government. In 2022, Florida had the largest net migration in the country and set an all-time record for tourism with 137.6 million visitors. Additionally, Florida's Gross Domestic Product increased by 24% between first quarter 2020 and third quarter 2022 outpacing nation by 23%.

In addition, Florida recognized importance of in-person learning for students while other states locked doors of their schools; it was first state in nation to mandate in-person learning for students welcoming them back into classroom which avoided learning losses that are just beginning to be comprehended nationwide according National Assessment Educational Progress findings which showed moving towards remote learning created learning gaps with lasting impacts on K-12 students while Florida's students earned highest ever rankings in each assessment demonstrating historic achievement gap closure at all levels for at risk students.

The "15 Days To Slow The Spread" policies led way for lockdown policies still causing economic damage US economy resulting record inflation rates not experienced since 1980s; overall inflation rose 6% over year; grocery prices rose 10.2% over year; energy prices rose 5.2% over year according February findings

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