What initially appeared to be a letter of praise from a Florida resident about the state’s new surgeon general on Saturday turned out to be a searing takedown of Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s deadly, science-defying COVID-19 advice.
Florida resident Charles Chamberlain, 81, wrote a letter to the editor of The Tampa Bay Times headlined “Dead Right.” He referred to a recent comment by Ladapo, who dismisses COVID-19 vaccines, that being infected with the disease provides “great protection” from COVID-19.
He’s “spot on,” wrote Chamberlain.
“I am aware that he is correct because of a recent experience with a member of my family,” Chamberlain added. “He had a severe infection from COVID-19. He is past that now, and is completely immune — not only from COVID-19, but flu and other respiratory infections as well.”
Chamberlain added in a gut punch: “Of course, we are burying this family member next week.”
Ladapo has been slammed for his anti-science messages critical of masks, lockdowns and vaccines to protect against COVID-19 as the state has continued to be a leader in the nation in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Some 54,000 Floridians have died of COVID-19.
Ladapo said last week that students don’t have to quarantine and can continue going to school if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. He is also leaving it up to parents whether their children wear masks at school.
Chamberlain told The Washington Post that he was surprised The Tampa Bay Times published his letter. “I thought it was pretty snarky,” he said.
The dead family member he referred to in his letter was his son’s father-in-law. As for Ladapo’s advice about getting COVID-19 and immunity, Chamberlain said: “Well yeah, that’s a way of curing people, but the problem is fatalities.”
Twitter fans hailed Chamberlain’s dark attack on Ladapo.
CORRECTION: This article has been amended to note that the deceased relative was Chamberlain’s son’s father-in-law, not his own father-in-law.