Trump's Former Surgeon General Touts Mask Mandates and Lockdowns as 'Unequivocally Effective'

Trump's Former Surgeon General Touts Mask Mandates and Lockdowns as 'Unequivocally Effective'

Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson
August 26, 2023

The day after Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo suggested Americans refuse to comply with mask mandates, President Donald Trump's former Surgeon General Jerome Adams is promoting mask mandates and lockdowns as a reasonable response to COVID-19.

Today, Adams shared an article entitled, "Lockdowns and face masks really did help to control Covid-19," by Michel LePage of New Scientist. Adams, who served as former President Trump's Surgeon General during the 2020 pandemic, quoted the report claiming lockdowns and mask mandates were “unequivocally effective”.

"Unequivocally. Well this is gonna upset quite a few people...," posted Adams. "How well these measures worked varied depending on how and when they were implemented, but they were still “unequivocally effective”, the report says."

The article shared by Adams praises lockdowns and mask mandates stating, "The main non-vaccine measures used to control the Covid-19 pandemic – including lockdowns, face masks and test, trace and isolate – were effective at stemming the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to reviews of thousands of studies done around the world."

The article quotes Mark Walport of the UK's Royal Society who suggests using lockdowns and mask mandates in the future if another pandemic comes.

"The findings are important because there will be another pandemic at some point," says Walport in the article. “There could be something that’s very much worse than SARS-CoV-2.”

This article comes as mask mandates are being re-implemented at Lionsgate Studio in Los Angeles and at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Yesterday, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo suggested that people should not comply with mask mandates which he calls harmful and ineffective.

"What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or restarting lockdowns that are known to cause harm? You don't call it sanity," Ladadpo posted yesterday. "These terrible policies only work with your cooperation. How about refusing to participate…"

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo

"The report acknowledges non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), can have serious social and economic consequences," posted Adams. “The challenge for policy-makers is to balance the beneficial effects of NPIs in reducing transmission and infection against their adverse consequences.”

CNN posted a report yesterday about two schools in Kentucky who had returned to remote learning and reinstated mask mandates for students who test positive for Covid-19. "Two school districts in eastern Kentucky have canceled in-person classes this week after a rise in illnesses including Covid-19, respiratory viruses and strep among its students and staff, according to local officials," read the post.

"Insane. Completely insane," shared DeSantis's Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern. "Have we learned nothing?"

DeSantis, who is running for President of the United States, stated he will not allow the country to be shut down again if he is elected.

"Why are we in this mess?" asked DeSantis at the first GOP debate in Milwaukee. "A major reason is because how this federal government handled Covid-19 by locking down this economy. It was a mistake. It should have never happened. As your president, I will never let the Deep State bureaucrats lock you down."

DeSantis also took a shot at White House Covid advisor Anthony Fauci at the debate.

"You don't take someone like Fauci and coddle him," said DeSantis. "You bring Fauci in, you sit him down and you say 'Anthony, you are fired!'"

DeSantis also promised to not allow schools to be closed again.

"In Florida, we had schools open during COVID. I was pilloried by the media, but I stood for our kids. As president, I will always stand for you and your kids," said DeSantis.

Adams posted a photo of himself at an airport wearing a black KN95 mask earlier this week.

"Just now: Heard the ⁦⁦@AmericanAir gate agents talking about the Covid surge and discussing how to stay safe, because Bryson actually had a heart attack a few years ago," posted Adams. "I offered him a new KN95 from my stash. God has a way of putting you where you’re needed!"

Adams is promoting his book, Crisis and Chaos: Lessons from the Front Lines of the War Against COVID-19.

"Unfortunately, we can’t seem to have a civil or productive conversation about where the balance lies between preventing harm from the virus, vs preventing harm from onerous policies," posted Adams. "I talk about these tradeoffs- and how we can all do better- in my book."



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Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson is a videographer and investigative reporter based in Fort Lauderdale. Chris covers breaking news, and local and state politics, and focuses on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. His work has been cited on Fox News and Epoch Times.

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