Experts dispute Sanford CEO’s COVID-19 immunity claims

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Sanford Health’s chief executive told his employees that he will not wear a mask because he is immune from contracting or transmitting COVID-19 since he tested positive, although that assertion is disputed by physicians and researchers.Wearing a mask “defies its efficacy and purpose” and sends an “untruthful message that I am susceptible to infection or could transmit it,” Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft wrote Thursday to 50,000 employees in an internal memo, as first reported by Forum News Service. But those who study immune response said the evidence of immunity after someone contracts COVID-19 is not definitive. “I have no interest in using masks as a symbolic gesture when I consider that my actions in support of our family leave zero doubt as to my support of all 50,000 of you. My team and I have a duty to express the truth and facts and reality and not feed the opposite,” Krabbenhoft wrote, noting that he is immune for at least seven months, according to “the best information and advice that we have at Sanford and beyond.” Sanford said in a statement that Krabbenhoft’s views do not reflect those of the health system.”Sanford Health’s position is the same as it has …

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