Sunday, June 16, 2024

In the Pandemic, We Were Told to Keep 6 Feet Apart. There Wasn’t Any Science to Support It; Fauci Said it Wasn’t His Job to Stop Unproved 6-Foot Rule During Pandemic; COVID Guidelines Caused Millions to Suffer. Now Fauci Admits 'there was no science behind it', and other C-Virus related stories

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In the pandemic, we were told to keep 6 feet apart. There wasn’t any science to support it:
The nation’s top mental health official had spent months asking for evidence behind the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines, warning that keeping Americans physically apart during the coronavirus pandemic would harm patients, businesses, and overall health and wellness.
Now, Elinore McCance-Katz, the Trump administration’s assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, was urging the CDC to justify its recommendation that Americans stay six feet apart to avoid contracting covid-19 - or get rid of it.
“I very much hope that CDC will revisit this decision or at least tell us that there is more and stronger data to support this rule than what I have been able to find online,” McCance-Katz wrote in a June 2020 memo submitted to the CDC and other health agency leaders and obtained by The Washington Post. “If not, they should pull it back.”
The CDC would keep its six-foot social distance recommendation in place until August 2022, with some modifications as Americans got vaccinated against the virus and officials pushed to reopen schools. Now, congressional investigators are set Monday to press Anthony S. Fauci, the infectious-disease doctor who served as a key coronavirus adviser during the Trump and Biden administrations, on why the CDC’s recommendation was allowed to shape so much of American life for so long, particularly given Fauci and other officials’ recent acknowledgments that there was little science behind the six-foot rule after all.
“It sort of just appeared, that six feet is going to be the distance,” Fauci testified to Congress in a January closed-door hearing, according to a transcribed interview released Friday. Fauci characterized the recommendation as “an empiric decision that wasn’t based on data.”
Francis S. Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health, also privately testified to Congress in January that he was not aware of evidence behind the social distancing recommendation, according to a transcript released in May.
Four years later, visible reminders of the six-foot rule remain with us, particularly in cities that rushed to adopt the CDC’s guidelines hoping to protect residents and keep businesses open. Washington, D.C., is dotted with signs in stores and schools - even on sidewalks or in government buildings - urging people to stand six feet apart. --->READ MORE HERE
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Fauci said it wasn’t his job to stop unproved 6-foot rule during pandemic:
Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers Monday there was no scientific basis for the 6-foot social distancing rule during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but said it wasn’t his call to shut the idea down.
The former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the rule was developed during the early days when researchers believed the virus was chiefly transmitted by droplets. It later became clear that it was aerosolized, which undercut the idea behind the distance rule.
But Dr. Fauci, who retired from government service in December 2022, said that was a call for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it wasn’t right for him “to be publicly challenging” the system. --->READ MORE HERE
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