While the COVID19 pandemic faded from the headlines with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there have certainly been some developments.

For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said posted guidance saying the coronavirus spreads through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond 6 feet which indicated a substantial increase in the risk of human-to-human transmission.

It also said that airborne transmission can occur during choir practice, in restaurants, or fitness classes. The draft stated that indoor places with poor ventilation are thought to raise the risk of infection.

Apparently, a ‘draft’ was put up on the website ‘in error”.

“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the updated language will be posted,” as written on the website, and emailed to Fox News by Jason McDonald on the CDC media team.

All of the previously published language in the “draft version” on Friday regarding airborne transmission was removed from the webpage before noon on Monday.

The updated page now says the virus is “thought to spread mainly from person-to-person” from close contact and “respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.”

This misstep is one of several in recent weeks related to the CDC and its group of “experts.”

The CDC caused alarm last August when it released guidance suggesting people didn’t necessarily need to get tested for the virus even if they were exposed. The agency last week walked that back and returned to its guidance from earlier in the summer that anyone who has been exposed needs to be tested.

Part of the issue may be the #Resist arm of the bureaucracy is pushing back on data, studies, and professional analysis indicating that the coronavirus is less infectious than the “experts” would have us believe.

A growing body of research suggests that a significant number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the U.S. — perhaps as many as 9 out of every 10 — may not be infectious at all, with much of the country’s testing equipment possibly picking up mere fragments of the disease rather than full-blown infections.

Confirmed cases of the disease have been the focal point of public health authorities and governments worldwide for many months, with countries across the globe working frantically to shore up their testing infrastructure and ensure that most citizens who want a COVID-19 test can obtain one with relative ease.

Many politicians, meanwhile — including most state governors in the U.S. — have tied reopening policies to the number of cases detected in the local community, with regions and localities often being permitted to reopen in staggered “phases” only when they have reached successively lower benchmarks of average new daily cases in the area.

Furthermore, European lockdown models were being heralded as the gold standard of response by the “experts,” with the sole hold-out of Sweden (which made a minimal response). However, much of Europe is experiencing a second wave that Sweden is not.

When most of Europe locked down their populations early in the pandemic by closing schools, restaurants, gyms and even borders, Swedes kept enjoying many freedoms.

The relatively low-key strategy captured the world’s attention, but at the same time it coincided with a per capita death rate that was much higher than in other Nordic countries.

Now, as infection numbers surge again in much of Europe, the country of 10 million people has some of the lowest numbers of new coronavirus cases — and only 14 virus patients in intensive care.

I would strongly urge President Donald Trump to confer with the Swedish public health experts, as that model seems to be working out better.

 

 
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