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More on the CDC Quietly Removing Mask Recommendations from Monkeypox Guidance

More on the CDC Quietly Removing Mask Recommendations from Monkeypox Guidance

Meanwhile, The New York Times pushes the airborne narrative.

I wrote about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raising the Travel Alert for Monekypox to 2 and recommending wearing masks to protect against a virus spread chiefly by prolonged contact with infected bodily fluids.

After much mocking, ridicule, and criticism, the CDC removed the mask recommendation.

The CDC last week had added mask-wearing as a precautionary measure for people traveling to countries where monkeypox has been detected. The CDC removed that advice from its website late Monday following social-media posts criticizing the agency for what they called mixed messages over the risk posed by the virus.

A CDC spokeswoman said the agency removed the advice because it caused confusion, but didn’t respond immediately to a request for a more detailed explanation.

The agency, which has been criticized by public-health experts for what some called poorly timed or confusing messages on Covid-19 prevention, continues to recommend masks for people at high risk of contracting monkeypox. That includes people who share a living space with others infected with monkeypox and healthcare workers and others who may be in close contact with confirmed cases, according to the spokeswoman.

Despite the raised alert level, the CDC says the risk to the general public from monkeypox is low.

The agency officials defended the move by stating it was to avoid “confusion.” Whose, they did not say.

“Late yesterday, CDC removed the mask recommendation from the monkeypox Travel Health Notice because it caused confusion,” a CDC spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The agency had earlier suggested that travellers wear masks as it can help protect against “many diseases, including monkeypox”.

As per the CDC’s website, while the disease spreads primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids, “it also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact”.

Of course, leave it to the New York Times to run the headline: Monkeypox Can Be Airborne, Too

However, the agency still says that in countries where monkeypox is spreading, “household contacts and health care workers” should consider wearing masks. That guideline also applies to “other people who may be in close contact with a person who has been confirmed with monkeypox.”

The turnabout hints at a little-discussed aspect of the current monkeypox outbreak: The virus can be airborne, at least over short distances. While airborne transmission is only a small factor in the overall spread, experts said in interviews, there are no firm estimates regarding how much it contributes.

…In previous outbreaks, a majority of cases were reported in those who had close contact with an infected patient or animal. But in some instances, airborne transmission was the only explanation for the infections.

Elsewhere on its website, the C.D.C. still urges monkeypox patients to wear a surgical mask, “especially those who have respiratory symptoms.” It also asks other household members to “consider wearing a surgical mask” when they are in the presence of the person with monkeypox.

Of course, recommendations to follow in household situations should be different than those for international travel, especially given the mode of transmission for monkeypox.

It is heartening that Americans did not succumb to the latest pandemic hysteria. Lessons have been learned.


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“The agency had earlier suggested that travellers wear masks as it can help protect against “many diseases, including monkeypox”.”

And there it is. They want us wearing these useless masks FOREVER.

    taurus the judge in reply to Evil Otto. | June 8, 2022 at 7:13 am

    remember, this isn’t about the mask- its about breaking your will on command to achieve total dominion and control. The physical mask is nothing more than the tool that fits the method and has no significance or importance of its own other than its a highly visible enforcing tool ( like a nose ring)

taurus the judge | June 8, 2022 at 7:11 am

They pulled it because the lie was exposed and they didn’t want to be cornered into a position to have to factually defend it.

They have this concept down to a science.

They have to use every technique for total control concurrently ( in psyops, this is a commonly used technique to initiate control by overwhelming) but at the same time by not damaging or interfering with another tenet of the agenda. ( in this case, doing anything negative regarding the gay issue).

So, they simply withdrew the initial commentary until they can re-issue it with a newer more resistant spin.

Watch and see.

E Howard Hunt | June 8, 2022 at 7:12 am

This reminds me of when during the HIV crisis Fauci said you could catch AIDS by reading Oscar Wilde.

The Gentle Grizzly | June 8, 2022 at 7:29 am

Some of the more… effervescent televangelists were advising their sheep flock to roll up their car windows and turn off cents and AC when driving through places like AFO or Chicago’s blBoys Town lest they get AIDS. Had a man at work who bought into this.

(I thought all we homosexuals did was cause hurricanes. )

Masks are the new snake oil.
The CDC is the new snake oil salesman.

    CommoChief in reply to Exiliado. | June 8, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Step right up folks and be the first to partake of DR Mask patented elixir, imbued with the transformational healing power of hope and change.

    How about you Sir? You look as if you could do with with more pep in your step. That’s right folks the first treatment is on the house after that for the low price of ……

    The CDC and public health community have reduced their credibility to that of a carnival barker.

    Barry in reply to Exiliado. | June 8, 2022 at 11:41 am

    “The CDC is the new snake oil salesman.”

    To be fair, they’re not new, they’ve been at it quite a while.

JackinSilverSpring | June 8, 2022 at 8:44 am

The CDC should be junked along with its junk science.

healthguyfsu | June 8, 2022 at 9:02 am

To be fair, the large respiratory droplet modus has been known for some time. It is also a transmission mechanism for chickenpox and smallpox.

The close face to face contact line is the error. Someone can cough or sneeze these droplets into your face (the kind you would feel) and you can potentially contract it if the virus contacts your mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth).

I was hoping they’d tell us masks would save us from climate change and assault rifles.

With COVID-19, they filled outdoor skate parks with sand. They shut down kids’ schools for months, for a virus that barely affects kids. But they can’t shut down gay bars and bath houses for a few weeks?

And they won’t tell gay men to just chill with one steady partner or fly solo for a few weeks. That would be stigmatizing and harmful. They can force you to bury loved ones without a funeral, they can forbid people in the hospital from receiving visitors, but it’s the mere suggestion of monogamy that crosses the line into harm.

Does anyone else think someone at the CDC has watched Outbreak and thinks it’s a how-to manual?

Keep a weather eye out for C-130s flying low over your towns and villages!

I am grateful they are batting 1000 for lies and failure.

The only thing worse than an organization that is 100% deceitful and inept is an organization that is wrong 40-60% of the time.

So, the take away is, if you’re going to put your thing into another man’s backside…wear a mask.

    henrybowman in reply to aslannn. | June 8, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    None of these outlets deserve my respect until I see one of them have the courage to recommend a buttplug mandate.

If the ‘mask’ they’re suggesting is a condom during your visit to the bathhouse, then they’re making a valid point, but otherwise, they’re mask crazy and think that just because they want it, it should be so.
I wonder why the garden gnome Fauci didn’t go on CNN to demand masking for monkeypox?

it also can be spread by respiratory secretions

Do you mean spit? Yeah, that’s not exactly a risk to the general public, or even in private unless the infected individual is spitting in your face.