Leaked: CDC Won’t Drop School Mask ‘Guidance’

(Republican Insider) – In case you haven’t noticed, the radical left in this country, which has seemingly infiltrated every single agency in our government, seems to have a vested interest in keeping the coronavirus pandemic going, usurping authority from the American people, all the while lending pharmaceutical companies a hand so they can make a lot of bank.

A good case in point is how the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention are refusing to drop guidance concerning mask mandates for schools.

News outlet WND is reporting that European countries, along with Democratic governors across the U.S., are starting to drop mask mandates for kids in school, but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky spoke with lawmakers in a private virtual briefing this week, explaining that her agency would continue to recommend that children remain masked up.

“Along with White House coronavirus Dr. Anthony Fauci, Walensky briefed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose members were perplexed by the policy stance, according to Robby Soave of Reason magazine, who obtained a recording,” the report went on to note.

“Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R–Wash., the committee’s ranking Republican member, pointed out that an Arizona study that the CDC regularly cites to justify its guidance was debunked by David Zweig in The Atlantic,” the report said.

McMorris Rodgers, referred to the U.S. guidance as an “outlier” going on to note that the World Health Organization and UNICEF have both come to the conclusion that forcing kids under the age of 5 does way more bad than good, and for kids who are between the ages of 6 to 11, other factors, such as learning and social development, need to be considered when deciding what course of action to take on masks.

“My question today, my one question, is Dr. Walensky, will you commit to update your guidance by Friday to allow children in person without the burden of masks?” the lawmaker went on to ask.

“Walensky refused to make any commitment while acknowledging the ‘limitations’ of the Arizona study and others relied on by the CDC,” WND stated in its report.

“They all have limitations, and that’s important to recognize because we are not randomizing schools,” she went on to say. “We have to control for whether there are windows, ventilation and other activities happening outside of these schools. So all of these studies have limitations. But they are for the most part uniformly pointing to that when there’s a lot of disease out there, the masks are preventing that disease and preventing that transmission and because of that we are able to keep our schools open.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci stated during an interview on Wednesday with Chuck Todd of MSNBC that school kids need to keep wearing masks.

“It’s understandable why people want to take masks off the kids. But, right now, given the level of activity that we have, it is risky,” he stated.

On Tuesday of this week, Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Marty Makary said in an interview that the CDC is “using science as political propaganda,” going on to refer to the Arizona study as “deeply flawed.”

“It really is offensive. It should be offensive to anybody who believes in science, including our nation’s physicians. This is using science as political propaganda,” he remarked in his response. “The absolute worst studies that were done during the pandemic came out of the CDC.”

“In the briefing Tuesday, after she was pressed further by other Congress members, Walensky said local jurisdictions are free to disregard the CDC’s guidance, according to the recording obtained by Soave,” the WND report said.

“I will also say that guidance is just guidance, and all of these decisions, we’ve continued to say, have to be made at the local level,” she continued. “As cases come down dramatically, we have deferred our guidance to the local jurisdictions.”

However, Rep. Palmer, a Republican from Alaska, made the cause that many cautious local jurisdictions are waiting for the CDC permission to relax their current COVID policies.

“That’s not acceptable,” Palmer commented on Walensky’s answer.

Heck, even Democratic representative Rep. Anna Eshoo of the extremely liberal state of California is totally baffled by Walensky’s guidance on masks for school children.

“You hear the word confusion over and over again,” remarked Eshoo. “But here’s another one for you: masking. You know where I live in the Bay Area, the peninsula in the heart of Silicon Valley? Schools, cities, towns, counties: you’re saying one thing, and they’re doing something else. And this is a highly educated area, too. I trust our public health officials here. So my first question and my second point to you, Dr. Walensky, why do we have to be on two different tracks? Isn’t there some kind of public health consensus about this?”

Walensky responded by going on to cite national figures of 170,000 cases and 2,200 deaths per day, however, Eshoo stopped her dead in her tracks.

“When you use the national figures, that’s not a snapshot of where we are, so can you take that into consideration as you’re giving me an answer?” answered Eshoo.

“Absolutely,” replied Walensky. “We know that all of these decisions have to be made at the jurisdictional level. So not only do we report the national data, but we have to report them at the jurisdictional level, because we know that we ask the jurisdictions to look at their local context, to look at their local cases, to look at how their hospitals are doing, to look at their local death rates.

And that is exactly what I think is happening across the country in a phased way. Many different policies are rolling out. Some are saying they’re removing masks. Now some are saying they’re removing masks at the end of the month. Some say we’re removing masks at the end of the month, but not yet for schools. And so this is really happening at the jurisdictional level. And what we’re recommending is that given right now, where we are for cases, that the masks should still stay on.”

“But Eshoo doubted that local jurisdictions are checking the CDC website to decide which guidance they should follow and which they should ignore,” the WND reported.

“I think that’s confusing, and I do think that it puts a dent in CDC credibility,” stated Eshoo. “Credibility is everything in this. Who are you going to pay attention to? So, I mean, it goes to that and I think it’s troubling. They’re making it sound as if, you know, all of these local entities, public health directors, whatever, are not paying attention to the CDC. That’s the way it looks to me. All right? That’s the way it looks. That’s the way it sounds. So I don’t know. What should I tell my constituents? Oh, look at their website. I don’t think that’s a good answer, honestly.”

It’s time to accept the fact this disease is endemic and is not ever going away. With this latest variant seemingly weaker than all the others, it won’t be long before COVID loses its bite. With things going in a good direction, it’s time to lift these restrictions and let people get back to living their normal lives.

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