CDC messaging on COVID risks labeled 'abysmal'

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

CDC entranceA professor of medicine is confirming published reports that say the CDC's guidelines for mask wearing greatly exaggerate the risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors.

"It's absolutely true," says Jay Bhattacharya, referring to a CDC statistic that The New York Times describes as "certainly misleading." Bhattacharya is professor of medicine at Stanford University and a participant in CollateralGlobal.org project documenting the harms from the lockdown.

He continues: "The risk of contracting COVID from someone you are passing incidentally outdoors is exceedingly small, and for almost a full year we've know that. So, it's surprising the CDC hasn't made that more well known."

The risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors being greatly exaggerated has been covered by Fox News as well.

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"In a sense, [the CDC] has created a panic that has led people to fear the disease in places where there is no real risk of it or very little risk of it, and it has caused great harm," says Bhattacharya. "A lot of people, when they walk along the street, are scared when they shouldn't be."

According to the Stanford professor, the "CDC's messaging around the risks from COVID has been absolutely abysmal, almost entirely through the epidemic."

"It's almost as if they sought to create a panic rather than give the public good solid information based on the science," says Bhattacharya, one of the organizers of the Great Barrington Declaration. "The CDC has done a lot of good things as well, I don't want to be categorical about this; but it is absolutely the case that there's many situations where they have exaggerated the risk of COVID when they shouldn't have."

In a December interview with One News Now, Bhattacharya discussed the damage many Americans have experienced from government-mandated lockdowns.

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