Proving yet again that the benevolent overlords telling us when we can leave our homes and when we must force face masks on even the youngest of our children have no clue what they’re talking about, the CDC – yes, that’s the CDC, not the WHO this time – has walked back yet another tidbit of “guidance” after it turns out their latest error was terrifying the already-panicked populace.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it made a "mistake" when it posted an update on its website purporting that health officials have found “growing evidence” that the coronavirus is airborne.
The guidance, quietly released last Friday and since deleted, had stated:
“There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk,” the CDC stated on Friday in a post that has since been taken down.
The update apparently caused some governing bodies to freak out and wonder whether they were opening schools too quickly or doing enough to keep people at home. Following the initial panic, the CDC removed the post, claiming they made a “mistake," leading to confusion over whether the agency had published erroneous information, or if they were simply trying to keep everyone from losing what's left of their minds.
This is the same taxpayer-funded public health agency that once told people not to bother wearing face masks before flip-flopping and telling people that not only should they wear masks but they should also force them on their toddlers, a recommendation that’s now leading to moms with two-year-olds getting kicked off of flights because their small children won’t comply. It’s also the agency that at one point went back-and-forth on whether or not to test asymptomatic people because it couldn’t decide whether people who don’t show signs of being sick are actually at risk of spreading the disease they don’t know they have to other people in the grocery store.
But keep calm and carry on.