(UnitedVoice.com) – For more than a year, people have been wearing masks while outside and limiting their activities thinking that COVID-19 was spread outdoors. Outdoor graduations were canceled, sports games held without any fans, and some states even prohibited families from attending the burials of loved ones. And all of that precaution was for nothing.
On May 11, The New York Times (NYT) reported that the CDC announced in April that “less than 10% of the documented transmission” of the virus happened outside. At first glance, it seems that the entire year’s outdoor restrictions were all based on just a 10% chance it would spread outside — but it’s even worse than that. The NYT reports the actual number of outdoor transmissions is closer to 0.1% to 1%. A virologist at the University of St. Andrews, Dr. Muge Cevik, called the CDC’s percentage a “huge exaggeration.”
The CDC has been DRAMATICALLY overstating the risk of outdoor transmission.
— Vince Coglianese (@VinceCoglianese) May 11, 2021
The latest flub by the agency is another example of why some people are finding it so hard to trust what the so-called experts are saying about the virus. The information changes so often, it’s hard to know what to believe. And — the CDC’s failure to be straightforward is fueling that mistrust.
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