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Bombshell Report: CDC Exaggerated Risk of Outdoors Coronavirus Transmission

Bombshell Report: CDC Exaggerated Risk of Outdoors Coronavirus Transmission

Republican senators blasted CDC Director Rochelle Walensky during a hearing on Tuesday.

A bombshell New York Times report claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exaggerated the risk of coronavirus while outdoors.

The CDC has cited the estimate to back up its recommendation that vaccinated individuals do away with masks in certain outdoor situations, but should keep wearing masks during others.

According to the Times, the 10% benchmark is based “partly on a misclassification” of some virus transmission in Singapore at various construction sites that may have actually taken place in indoor settings. Singapore also classified settings that were a mix of indoors and outdoors as outdoors, including construction building sites, the outlet reported.

Still, the number of cases reported at the various sites did not add up to as much as 10% of transmission, but was more like 1% or less, the report stated.

As the original article notes, the CDC’s embracing of the exaggerated risk level has led to confusing recommendations that many Americans ignore.

Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina, writing in The Atlantic, called those recommendations “simultaneously too timid and too complicated.”

They continue to treat outdoor transmission as a major risk. The C.D.C. says that unvaccinated people should wear masks in most outdoor settings and vaccinated people should wear them at “large public venues”; summer camps should require children to wear masks virtually “at all times.”

These recommendations would be more grounded in science if anywhere close to 10 percent of Covid transmission were occurring outdoors. But it is not. There is not a single documented Covid infection anywhere in the world from casual outdoor interactions, such as walking past someone on a street or eating at a nearby table.

Republicans blasted another public health official this week along with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Based on this new report, Republican lawmakers pounced on Director Rochelle Walensky over health guidelines that remain in place even as more Americans get vaccinated.

‘I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore,’ Maine Senator Susan Collins said during a Capitol Hill hearing on the pandemic response Tuesday.

…’I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore,’ she lectured the agency head.

She accused the agency – whose leaders repeatedly said they operate based on the science and the available data – of ‘exaggerating’ the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

‘So, here we have unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission, and unworkable restrictions on summer camps. Why does this matter?’ Collins continued. ‘It matters because it undermines public confidence in your recommendation, in the recommendations that do make sense, in the recommendations that Americans should be following.’

For those of you who follow the real numbers: There have been less than 40,000 new coronavirus cases reported in this country for the third day in a row…a level not seen since last September. The number of COVID deaths has fallen to a historic low average of 655 – the lowest average since July 6, 2020.

Finally, a value I consider a true milestone: The reproduction number across the nation has been under one for three weeks in a row. Any public health professional who values real science instead of power and politics must start calling for an end to the extreme pandemic measurements soon.


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Reported that Dems in major cities wearing masks – not because science says their necessary – in fact CDC already said they’re not – but just because they don’t want people thinking they are Republicans.

And this is from the supposed “better educated” party.

Goes to show education and intelligence are not highly correlated.

    The masks are ‘burkas’ – designed to subjugate.

    This entire covid outbreak is a scam, and we’ll come to see that fauci was the bag man between the US and Communist China.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to | May 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      It was preposterous to ever think you could catch this virus outside. Anyone with any training or knowledge about viral transmissibility knows instantly this is stupid to infinity squared.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ben Kent. | May 12, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    I see those wearing masks outside, or solo in their cars, as sheep.

    alohahola in reply to Ben Kent. | May 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I live in a Dem city. I see more and more people NOT wearing masks.

    Of course, they might be virtue signaling that they got the vaccine.

    Whatever! It’s nice to see more faces on the street.

      Milhouse in reply to alohahola. | May 13, 2021 at 12:22 am

      I live in a very left-wing part of Brooklyn, NY, and I don’t see any diminution in public mask-wearing. Almost everyone goes about as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I get regularly glared at, and occasionally yelled at, for not wearing one except when I am required to. I think it’s less virtue signalling than superstition and fetishism. I compare it to the red string that so many Jews wear to ward off harm; and it works about as well.

      Meanwhile in the heavily Jewish neighborhoods, which vote heavily Republican, fewer than one in 25 wear masks, and it’s been that way since about last June. They got hit heavily in the initial wave of infections; I don’t know anyone who didn’t lose someone close to them. But by last June or July the feeling was that the crisis was over, and events have shown that to be correct.

        billdyszel in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2021 at 5:09 am

        Same in midtown Manhattan. The mask fetish remains prevalent.

        Bruce Hayden in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

        I was very surprised last weekend in a grocery store right by the university, that. Not only were they strictly enforcing the ridiculous local mask mandate (the state has eliminated mask mandates), but that one middle aged man was willing to get into a loud verbal argument with me over it. Turns out the one thing that we have in common is that both of us have been vaccinated. He started out by claiming to have been offended by my behavior. I asked Why? He had a lot off supposed facts, but never in context. Sure the Moderna vaccine was only 95% effective, but contagion in stores was rare anyway. And of the 5% ineffectiveness rate, that was almost entirely people who very briefly were symptomatic, and were fine the next day. Etc. I think that his biggest point was that I should wear a mask because the law (actually local regulation) required it. Malum In Se versus Malum Prohibitum.

          Bruce Hayden in reply to Bruce Hayden. | May 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

          Sorry – left out the shocking part – the grocery store was next to the University of Montana in Missoula.

Where’s Louis Renault when you need him (of Casablanca fame), “I’m shocked! Shocked!”

Just like they “exaggerated” the effectiveness of social distancing and masks?

Just like the “exaggerated” the number of people that would die if we didn’t crash the economy (except for the big donors, they get to stay open)?

Just like they “exaggerated” the danger in schools or to young people in general?

Just like “exaggerated” the death toll numbers by changing reporting standards and creating perverse incentives to lie?

The organization simply isn’t credible. At what point do we stop listening to people that have a history of lying to us? Especially with a history of easily discernable and provable lies?

If it says CDC, you have to remain skeptical. They get a lot of things right, day of the week, address and phone number of their admirers, assigned parking spaces, federal holidays, the important stuff.

They are not so good with the political stuff but probably no worse than climate pscyence.

There is a very serious lack of integrity in the CDC.

    henrybowman in reply to NotKennedy. | May 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    The federal government had to actually pass a law to prevent the CDC from engaging in political anti-gun activism — a subject that is neither within their responsibility nor their professional expertise. I don’t know of any other example of something like this having to be done for any other federal agency, including others it really needs to be done to (like NPR/PBS).

    October 19, 1994. In the Washington Post, William Raspberry quotes [CDC Director Mark] Rosenberg as saying, “We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. It used to be that smoking was a glamour symbol – cool, sexy, macho. Now it is dirty, deadly – and banned.” Raspberry goes on to say, “This, of course, isn’t medicine.” Raspberry is correct. It’s politics.

      billdyszel in reply to henrybowman. | May 13, 2021 at 5:15 am

      I read that in the 5 years before COVID, employees of the CDC made 8,000 political contributions, all but 5 of which went to Democrats.

LukeHandCool | May 12, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Went hiking with the wife in the Santa Monica Mountains yesterday, and you still see a few people on the trails wearing masks.

Driving home we saw a guy jogging on the street wearing a mask. Ridiculous.

    henrybowman in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 12, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    For those of you captive in blue gulags, this is how Red America treated this issue — with common sense science and courtesy.

    randian in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve seen YouTube videos of HS track meets where the athletes are wearing masks during a race. Some areas have mask guidelines requiring masks during practice. You’d have to be a fool for following the guidelines, you’re risking a complete collapse doing 200m intervals in a mask. It’s crazy.

    MajorWood in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 13, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Around Portland those in a car by themselves and wearing a mask are described as driving while indoctrinated.

    lichau in reply to LukeHandCool. | May 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I can one up you. A week or so ago, I saw a woman on horseback, going at a goodly canter, with her mask on. No one other than passing cars within a mile of her.

    Stark, raving, lunatics.

CDC also said Hydroxychloroquine was useless. Studies now show it has efficacy.

People die when they politicize healthcare.

    henrybowman in reply to Ben Kent. | May 12, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    It should not even be possible to politicize healthcare, education, crime, gun ownership, or other topics never expressly delegated into the authority of the federal government. But it seems to be impossible to create a government that can resist whatever it is in human nature that makes the bulk of people crave to be ordered about by kings.

Not to worry, the CDC follows the SINCE (Fauci’s SINCE, as opposed to science):
***SINCE they needed to scare people into a lockdown to allow for mail in ballots since HR1 didn’t pass
***SINCE they needed to scare people into a lockdown to tank the economy
***SINCE they needed to scare people into wearing masks
***SINCE they needed to close schools to polish off the best economy in the history of the country
***SINCE they needed to scare people into believing toilet paper would be unavailable and create panic buying
***SINCE they needed to scare people into believing that the number of cases was increasing exponentially by testing until they got positive results (although it appears that if you test and retest a single sample repeatedly until it gives a positive result then the lab is infecting the sample)
***SINCE they needed to scare people into believing that this virus was so much more deadly than any in history by counting anyone in the stats who died with CoVid as a CoVid death (even victims of gunshots, fatal car crashes, massive heart attacks, aneurysm ruptures, etc)

That is the SINCE that the CDC followed. Don’t know which group was more influential on the CDC: Democrats, the WHO or the CCP. Could be an even split!

I did a back of the napkin statistical analysis on the odds of getting Covid walking down the sidewalk. The result was that it is so close to zero, it’s zero. Seriously, it would be like winning the Power Ball Jackpot two weeks in a row with the SAME numbers! I’m backed up by the absolute fact that casual contact outdoors or walking down a street has NEVER been proven to be a source of a single case of Covid. That and no spreader event has ever been traced back to a Trump rally or even Sturgis. If there had even been the slightest chance that a single person got Covid at either of those venues, it would have been international news for weeks or even months on end.

If it’s that obvious to people as simple as me that you cannot catch Covid unmasked outdoors, why does the CDC and all their brilliant PhD’s get it so very wrong.

Brave Sir Robbin | May 13, 2021 at 10:13 am

“….why does the CDC and all their brilliant PhD’s get it so very wrong.”

Part of the political control narrative is to tell you to do something stupid and see if you comply. Those who do not are, of course, of suspect loyalty and put under watch or repressed. That is what mask wearing is about.

iconotastic | May 13, 2021 at 11:15 am

The COVID numbers themselves are very dubious given the fact that PCR cycles of over 25 do not detect live virus. Basically, the PCR test is a con. I put more trust in the rapid antigen test than anything else.