Florida commissioner asks if first responders should ‘take one for the team’ with coronavirus

  • Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel - Metered Site
  • Published: 03/16/2020 12:00 AM

A South Florida elected official is facing some backlash from emergency workers after he appeared to propose exposing firefighters to the new coronavirus as a way of ensuring there are more people with immunity to help fight the spread of the disease. Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola on Friday at an emergency city meeting asked if there were doctors in the audience. Nobody answered. He suggested that if people who survive the coronavirus then have immunity — like the chicken pox — then the city can take steps to help others. “Assuming you make it through,” Arriola said, before describing what he called a “dangerous but bold” idea: “First responders voluntarily taking one for the team” and then developing immunity. Arriola did not elaborate what he meant by the “taking one for the team" phrase.


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