When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head Rochelle Walensky acknowledged the global health organization’s mask recommendation for kids doesn’t actually alter over time, during a congressional inquiry, Twitter went into a meltdown.
Masking Guidelines Comment Causes Outrage
On February 8, Walensky said, during the House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting, that the CDC would be continuing to advise masks be used on campuses in areas with high COVID-19 readings.
GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers demanded an explanation from Walensky of the procedure and timetable by which the CDC reviews to refresh, alter, or disengage current guidance.
She asserted the CDC is the sole national or global organization that advises covering up children under two years old.
78 controlled studies were examined in a recently published analysis by the Cochrane Library to see if different mitigation tactics, including masking and the sanitizing of hands, could stop the transmission of COVID-19.
According to the analysis, communal mask use probably has little to no difference.
So, still relying on the bogus study co-authored by not-a-doctor Ferrer's staff and her not-a-doctor daughter?https://t.co/QBtbleeO37 https://t.co/HQx6wzMBjE
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) February 15, 2023
According to Walensky, the report only contains randomized control studies that investigated respiration viruses, except for COVID-19. She pointed out a few of the study’s findings may not be accurate because COVID-19 can propagate before symptoms start.
She claimed one of the drawbacks of the research was explicitly indicating that participants were not actively involved in the intervention and masks literally have to be worn to be effective.
Rodgers interrupted Walensky as she was still speaking, seized her stage mic, and questioned why children are still wearing masks today.
According to the head of the CDC, masking measures are dependent on the virus’ local level. It is lucky that the majority of areas are in the low-to-moderate-spread zones, wherein masking is not advised.
Utterly ridiculous. The devouring mother analogy holds here. Walensky is innumerate. https://t.co/Oof64vXLSu
— J.D. Haltigan, PhD 🏒👨💻 (@JDHaltigan) February 15, 2023
In reality, she claimed masking advice somehow doesn’t vary over time, but alters with sickness.
Therefore, they advise neighborhoods and schools to use masks if there are a lot of illnesses present. They advise removing the masks when there are fewer sicknesses in the neighborhood.
Walensky’s explanation of masking did not sit well with several well-known Twitter users, who complained the CDC was not using the most recent scientific findings.
Twitter Now in a Frenzy
One social media user sent a link to an article on Red State’s website that described a report. This report revealed COVID mitigation strategies in schools, such as compulsory masking, were quite efficient at halting the virus’ transmission.
Officials from Los Angeles County, notably Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s daughter, who lacks a doctorate, wrote the research, which the CDC and many states utilized as the foundation for their requirements for school masks.
J.D. Haltigan, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, referred to Walensky’s remarks as utterly ludicrous and termed her “innumerate.”