Florida Faculty Union Demands Mask Mandate in Colleges and Universities

Florida Faculty Union Demands Mask Mandate in Colleges and Universities

The United Faculty of Florida is demanding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis impose a mask mandate on all of Florida’s colleges and universities.

The basis for the request is rooted in the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July, which said everyone should wear masks indoors. The group called on the governor through a letter that said Florida’s colleges and universities should “follow CDC recommendations, including universal masking indoors and other common-sense measures, to limit severe illness and keep our colleges and universities open for learning.”

Despite the CDC’s recommendations and the insistence from the union, there are studies that indicate masks are ineffective regarding the prevention of the transmission of COVID-19 and its variants.

The University of Louisville published a study in May saying masks may be used as a “rallying symbol” for the pandemic, but masks were inconsequential, and the effects of wearing masks for prolonged periods of time could have adverse effects.

“Our findings do not support the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates decrease with greater public mask use,” the study said.

The study continued by pointing out the potential adverse effects of mask use:

“Prolonged mask use (>4 hours per day) promotes facial alkalinization and inadvertently encourages dehydration, which in turn can enhance barrier breakdown and bacterial infection risk. British clinicians have reported masks to increase headaches and sweating and decrease cognitive precision. Survey bias notwithstanding, these sequelae are associated with medical errors. By obscuring nonverbal communication, masks interfere with social learning in children. Likewise, masks can distort verbal speech and remove visual cues to the detriment of individuals with hearing loss; clear face-shields improve visual integration, but there is a corresponding loss of sound quality.”

DeSantis has been insistent on not implementing mask mandates, lockdowns, or vaccine requirements and has had to issue letters to local school districts warning them of financial punishments for implementing mask mandates despite DeSantis’ mask mandate ban.

DeSantis has said if governmental bodies are going to infringe on the rights of Floridians regarding masks and COVID-related restrictions, he was going to stand in their way.

“If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and livelihood, and their small business, if you’re trying to lock people down, I’m standing in your way, and I’m standing for the people of Florida,” DeSantis said.

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Grant Holcomb is a reporter at the Florida Capital Star and The Star News Network. Follow Grant on Twitter and direct message tips.

12 Responses to "Florida Faculty Union Demands Mask Mandate in Colleges and Universities"

  1. Using the University of Louisville study is probably not a good source for your arguments against masking. It says right at the top of the publication: “This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.”

  2. It’s very disappointing when a group of people who are supposed to be educators are pushing for forced masking, or forced anything, especially when there is now more than enough credible evidence that masking is harmful while providing absolutely no protection against getting or spreading a virus with a .005% mortality rate. Absolute insanity and moronic group think.

  3. Thus proving how utterly Marxist and Leftist the whole fake mask nonsense has been. These filthy despicable Leftist academics are Branch Covidian Cultists of the worst kind.

  4. Most colleges had mask mandates last year and look how well those worked. The United Faculty of Florida can mandate its members to wear masks if they think they do any good. If people insist on wearing mask post vaccines they are going to be wearing them for the next 10 years because covid is not going away anytime soon.

  5. I believe the governor has already spoken on this and it was not a mandate to wear a mask. Hope they get the memo before their salary is withheld.

  6. It’s truly amazing how those who profess to be so intelligent and committed to “science”, are in reality, so terribly intellectually inept and ignorant of science. It’s clear that the Public Institutions of Indoctrination stopped encouraging the study of Current Events when they canceled Civics Classes.

    News Flash snapperheads!…. neither face diapers nor 2 shots of sugar water and fertilizer runoff protect anyone from the China Bio-Weapon Flu. Add to that the nearly 2 million unveted, untested, un-vax’d, disease-carry’n criminal illegal alien gangbangers the Cowardly Dementia Joe Biden Sadministration if flooding our Country with – via his treasonous Anti-America Open Border Operation – and it’s a given. And don’t forget the soon to arrive 100’s of thousands of Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS terrorists they’re about to import. Just be sure you’re wearing a face diaper when they behead you.

    This truly is a Scamdemic

  7. One leftist organization (Florida Faculty Union) telling the Governor to follow the recommendations of another leftist organization (CDC).

    I certainly hope the Governor gives them a resounding NO.

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