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CDC misrepresented study on outdoor transmission to incite panic


ReasonAfter Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was criticized for grossly exaggerating the risk of outdoor COVID-19 transmission, she said she was relying on a study published in "one of our top infectious disease journals." But as I noted a couple of weeks ago, Walensky misrepresented that study, which was published by The Journal of Infectious Diseases in February, in several significant ways. Today New York Times columnist David Leonhardt, who first called attention to Walensky's hyperbole, reports that a co-author of the study agrees the CDC director's gloss was misleading.

I don't see what other purpose this misrepresentation could have had besides inciting panic and making people afraid to go outdoors.

This entry was published Sun Jun 27 23:23:46 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-06-27 23:23:46.0. [Tweet]

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