May 11th, 2021

NewFace

Now they tell us!

A Misleading C.D.C. Number

We have a special edition of the newsletter on a misleading C.D.C. statistic.

... It is an example of how the C.D.C. is struggling to communicate effectively, and leaving many people confused about what’s truly risky. ... 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.

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