A bombshell report from the New York Times revealed the CDC greatly exaggerated the risk of Covid transmission while outdoors.
According to the NY Times, the 10% transmission rate was based “partly on a misclassification” of some transmission in Singapore in a setting with a mix of indoors and outdoors.
The real outdoor transmission rate is 1% or less!
“There are limited data on outdoor transmission,” a CDC official told the Times. “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.”
Senator Susan Collins confronted CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the report and said it is yet another example of conflicting guidance coming out of the agency Tuesday during a hearing.
“The topline result was less than 10%, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, one of our top infectious disease journals,” Walensky said. “That is where that came from, it was from a published study that synthesized studies from many places.”
Susan Collins said she doesn’t trust the CDC anymore.
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