Mask Guidance Based On Misleading Data
Mask Guidance Based On Misleading Data
The mask guidance that was issued by the CDC yesterday is based upon little to no data. Yes, you read that correctly. As states, the federal government, and woke corporations jump back into the Mask On! even if one has been vaccinated, people started searching for the data to back this up.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government has stated that its recommendations would be guided by the data at any given time, even if that meant occasionally taking a backward step. (Of course, to what extent that’s actually happened is up for debate.) Now, with the Delta variant continuing to drive an uptick in COVID-19 cases, be prepared to mask up again at restaurants. The CDC is backtracking on its most recent mask guidance, suggesting that even fully vaccinated people should “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”
In theory, the new guidance — which was updated yesterday and represents an about-face from May when the CDC stated that that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear a mask in most indoor settings — should have far-reaching effects: Currently, the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker shows that over 63 percent of U.S. counties fall into the “high” or “substantial” levels of community transmission. And those percentages have grown over the past seven days.
Keep in mind that the most prevalent test detecting COVID has now been yanked by the FDA because it is so unreliable. So it is worth asking the question, how reliable is the data showing these spikes?
Also keep in mind that there are more breakthrough cases. I personally know of nine such cases, which sadly resulted in two deaths. All were vaccinated by the way.
Meanwhile, rational folks know that the vaccines weren’t supposed to be the full magic wand that would magically make this virus disappear. Just as with the flu, I personally figured there would be variants, and well, there are.
We’ve had the CDC tell us that the Delta variant is concerning, yet its also not as dangerous as the original Covid. However, we are being told to put masks on in public spaces including restaurants and retail again, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.
So, where is the data that is driving this latest push? Nowhere to be found apparently. Oh wait, you can find a little bit of it via a deep search of the CDC.
A related science brief linked on the page cites a single study from the United States when discussing the data Walensky mentioned.
That study came from researchers at Houston Methodist, a hospital system in Texas in the news recently for mandating all employees get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Researchers said that the Delta variant caused a higher rate of breakthrough cases, or infections among the vaccinated.
The study is preprint, meaning it is not yet peer-reviewed. The medRxiv platform, which hosts the preprints, warns not to use such studies “to guide clinical practice.”
The CDC also cited “studies from India” that “noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status.”
Wait what??? Let’s review.
One key study cited from Houston that the CDC is using hasn’t even been PEER REVIEWED?? But everyone is supposed to go back into lockdown and throw those face diapers on because the CDC says so?
How about the fact that another study cited came from India??!!
The CDC’s reversal on viral load among breakthrough vaccinated cases is based on an Indian study involving those w/ a non-US approved vaccine. Mask mandates coming back based on research that’s inapplicable from the get-go. This is J&J-pause-level incompetence. (1/2) https://t.co/f1vrbU3ql0— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) July 28, 2021
Guess what folks, the vaccines India has are NOT Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Therefore how the CDC thinks THAT study has any relevance to what we have going on here in the U.S. is beyond me.
We need clarity on this.— Alicia Smith (@Alicia_Smith19) July 28, 2021
Below citation would suggest that the CDC’s assertion yesterday that they have data showing vaccinated individuals can transmit delta variant due to similar viral load as unvaccinated is partially based off of…a model…using non-US approved vaccines https://t.co/pn6g1P5Sso
In this interview CDC Director says the following:— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 28, 2021
-Unvaccinated can infect the vaccinated
-Vaccinated can infect the vaccinated, which was the motivation behind reinstating mask guidelines
-Endorses vaccine passports, even though vaccinated can infect vaccinated https://t.co/Mv16XWIqRM
Even some of the media are trying to figure out what this means.
Again, clarity is definitely not the CDC’s strong suit. However, that isn’t stopping federal, state, and local government entities from throwing the Mask On! flag once again. As if the face diaper is the magic cure all. Hint, it isn’t.
This is going to backfire given all American citizens have had to deal with since March 2020. It’s already backfiring when we are seeing people such as the U.S. House attending physician dictate mask wearing while…not wearing a mask.
Meanwhile the CDC is evidently scrambling to cover their tracks regarding the data they are using.
And here is the real kicker: the Administration has NO EVIDENCE proving vaccinated people transmit the virus. Zero. None.— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) July 28, 2021
They even admit it! Read their pathetic justification: pic.twitter.com/JzxeaN6EWn
To put it bluntly, given this new information, why the hell should we believe the CDC?
The CDC has proven itself untrustworthy multiple times over these last 20 months. And they want mask mandates and possibly a lockdown again? I. Don’t. Think. So.
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