A revealing report published Tuesday by the New York Times claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) estimate that the risk of outdoor transmission of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus of about 10% is grossly exaggerated. That statistic keeps the population fearful and justifies the continued pushing for the constant use of face masks, including for those who have already been vaccinated.
The CDC has cited the estimate to support its recommendation that vaccinated people continue to wear masks in situations that would not make sense or that children wear masks at outdoor summer camps despite the proven low transmissibility rate of the virus.
The hegemonic media assumed the statistic to be true, and it quickly became a kind of revealed, absolute, and generalized truth about the possibility of outdoor transmission.
But according to the report published by the NY Times, the number is wrong. As it states, it appears to be based on a misclassification of some CCP Virus transmission that took place indoors and on studies conducted in other parts of the world, such as Singapore, where the realities and contexts differ.
At a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) pressed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, asking for explanations of the report and the erratic numbers reported in it.
Walensky said the 10% benchmark came from a top-line result of a meta-analysis of a study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease in November.
“The topline result was less than 10%, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, one of our top infectious disease journals,” she said. “That is where that came from, it was from a published study that synthesized studies from many places.”
Hearing these words, Collins stressed the importance of the full report Walensky was referencing being included in the CDC registry.
This 10% figure “seems to be a huge exaggeration,” as Dr. Muge Cevik, a virologist at the University of St. Andrews, told the NY Times. Cevik said the proportion of transmission that has occurred outdoors appears to be below 1% and may be below 0.1%.
The truth of the matter is that this is not just a mathematical problem. Rather, this is an example of how the CDC is struggling to communicate effectively. It appears to be deliberately conveying a message that leaves people confused and in a state of unprecedented panic and alertness.
At the moment, the CDC continues to consider outdoor transmission a significant risk, recommending unvaccinated people should wear masks in most outdoor settings and vaccinated people should wear them in “large public places.” At the same time, summer camps should require children to wear masks virtually “at all times.”
These recommendations would actually make sense if science could show that anywhere near 10% of CCP Virus transmission occurred outdoors. But it can’t. There is not a single documented CCP Virus (COVID-19) infection anywhere in the world from casual outdoor interactions, such as walking past someone on the street or eating at a nearby table, says the Times.
But of course, these exaggerated recommendations serve to paralyze the population and perpetuate the constant wearing of masks, which has become a tangible symbol of control by fear.