The CDC massively underestimated the risk of Covid transmission while outdoors, according to a shocking article from the New York Times.
The CDC used the calculation to support its suggestion that vaccinated people wear masks in some outdoor conditions but not in others.
According to the New York Times, the 10% transmission rate was focused “partly on a misclassification” of some transmission in Singapore in a mixed-environment setting.
The true outdoor transmission rate is less than 1%!
A CDC official told the Times, “There are limited data on outdoor transmission.”
“The data we do have supports the hypothesis that the risk of outdoor transmission is low. 10 percent is a conservative estimate from a recent systematic review of peer-reviewed papers. CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community and errs on the side of protection when it comes to recommending steps to protect health. It is important for people and communities to consider their own situations and risks and to take appropriate steps to protect their health.”
During a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, questioned CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on the study, saying it is yet another example of the agency’s contradictory guidance.
Walensky state, “The topline result was less than 10%, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, one of our top infectious disease journals,” “That is where that came from, it was from a published study that synthesized studies from many places.”
Susan Collins said that she is no longer trusts the CDC.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) tells CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore.” pic.twitter.com/pWim7VX9V3
— The Recount (@therecount) May 11, 2021