Video: Fla. city leader suggests exposing first responders to COVID-19 to build immunity

By: Lisa J. Huriash
Sun Sentinel / EMS1

Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola drew ire for saying first responders could “take one for the team” during the outbreak.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A South Florida leader appeared to propose putting firefighters in harm’s way once they’re out of quarantine with the new coronavirus.

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.

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