So this morning, something happened that no one ever could have imagined.
Not in a million years.
The New York Times actually called the CDC statistics regarding the Coronavirus,” misleading”.
And if that wasn’t mindblowing enough, the next paragraph goes on to call their statistics “A huge exaggeration.”
No, this is not an article copied from the Babylon Bee, this actually happened.
Check it out:
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines last month for mask wearing, it announced that “less than 10 percent” of Covid-19 transmission was occurring outdoors. Media organizations repeated the statistic, and it quickly became a standard description of the frequency of outdoor transmission.
But the number is almost certainly misleading.
It appears to be based partly on a misclassification of some Covid transmission that actually took place in enclosed spaces (as I explain below). An even bigger issue is the extreme caution of C.D.C. officials, who picked a benchmark — 10 percent — so high that nobody could reasonably dispute it.
That benchmark “seems to be a huge exaggeration,” as Dr. Muge Cevik, a virologist at the University of St. Andrews, said. In truth, the share of transmission that has occurred outdoors seems to be below 1 percent and may be below 0.1 percent, multiple epidemiologists told me. The rare outdoor transmission that has happened almost all seems to have involved crowded places or close conversation.
Saying that less than 10 percent of Covid transmission occurs outdoors is akin to saying that sharks attack fewer than 20,000 swimmers a year. (The actual worldwide number is around 150.) It’s both true and deceiving.
Personally, I would say it’s more deceiving than true but then semantics is the New York Times’ game, not mine.
Of course, the article goes on to defend the CDC and explain how the CDC is “struggling” to communicate effectively.
But when the NYT actually calls out the CDC for not being truthful, you know it’s bad!
This article is NYT actively mocking people who are still covering their faces out of CDC obedience to what was a “mistaken” 10% risk, but now corrected to <1% risk for outdoor casual interaction transmission. Just a little mistake that demanded masks for a year+ to “save lives”
— Pam Long (@PamLongCO) May 11, 2021
According to The Blaze:
This is not just a matter of semantics. As the article observes, based on this notion that there is still some very measurable transmission outdoors, the CDC is still recommending all unvaccinated people wear masks outdoors, including children in summer camp. They also continue to give people the impression that one can catch the virus naturally outdoors just casually passing someone, which is continuing to discourage those who are really fearful of the virus from even living normal lives outdoors.
Indeed, not a single known case of casual outdoor transmission has been documented in the entire world. A study of 7,324 cases in Wuhan found just one outdoor transmission in a case where someone had a sustained conversation with an individual who already had symptoms. A study in Ireland found the ratio to be 1 in 1,000.
The obvious question anyone should be asking is that if the CDC is exaggerating the need to wear masks outdoors, why are we to trust them about the efficacy of wearing them indoors? Both the CDC and the WHO have recently admitted that the six-foot rule is a complete hoax and that it’s primarily aerosols, remaining suspended in the air indoors and traveling farther than six feet, that are transmitting the virus.
First, this is a further indictment of their unwillingness to categorically bless normal living outdoors, given how easy it is to transmit indoors. But more broadly, as I’ve explained in great detail, the aerosols that are small enough to suspend in air and travel great distances are, by definition, small enough to get through the gaps and pores of a face mask, especially ones that are not rated as high as N-95s and above. But we are somehow to believe the fake advertising of the CDC on masking as if it were brought down by Moses on the tablets.
So to reiterate, the New York Times is now reporting the transmission outside is not around 10 percent as reported by the CDC but around 1 percent and more likely around 0.1 percent.
In fact, the NYT reports, “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.”
Despite this clear evidence, supported by no less than the New York Times, Fox News reports that in an interview today, Biden promised that “at some point” you might actually be able to take off your masks outside, but only if you’re vaccinated.
“We’re just getting there now, to the degree that I think you’re going to see a more aggressive effort on our part to lay out that once vaccinated, it’s not only you can hug your grandchildren, you can do a lot more, and whether or not you have to have even at some point soon mask inside versus outside,” Biden continued.
“We’ve gone a little slower to make sure we’re exactly right,” the president admitted. “I think you’re right about it would increase the prospects of the desire to get vaccinated.
As usual, Biden blurts out the truth they are all trying to hide.
The mask mandates continue, even for outside wear, despite clear evidence that almost no transmission takes place outdoors because it “increases the prospects of the desire to get vaccinated.”
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?