The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that the federal health agency’s policy on masking children will never change.
During congressional testimony this week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated that the organization’s policy is permanent.
Walensky stood by the CDC’s policy on masking children, despite multiple studies showing that face coverings do nothing to stop the spread of Covid.
During a hearing in the House on the government’s response to the pandemic, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) grilled Walensky on the policy.
Rodgers asked if the CDC is going to consider revising its guidance on masking in schools, which is still happening in many areas of the country.
The congresswoman cited a recent study, perhaps the most extensive so far, which confirms that masks are not effective.
As Slay News reported, the study, published in the peer-reviewed Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, is the strongest science to date refuting the basis for mask mandates worldwide.
The study found that masks make “little to no difference” against the spread of Covid.
The CDC still recommends masking in areas with “high” rates of transmission, which is fewer than 4% of U.S. counties, as Just the News notes.
It also recommends indoor masking in areas with “medium” rates of transmission (27%).
Walensky effectively dismissed the Cochrane review, claiming the study “only includes randomized clinical trials.”
She argued that those trials were “for other respiratory viruses, not COVID-19.”
However, the study was based on several different respiratory viruses, including Covid.
She continued, “Our guidance for school-based masking is related to our COVID-19 community levels.
“Unfortunately, we’re in a place now in this country where most of our country is in green or yellow.
“Has low to moderate transmission communicable levels.
“And in those communities, we don’t recommend masking.
“We recommend it for high-level communities.”
The CDC head then declared that “our masking guidance doesn’t really change with time.
“It changes with the disease.”
When asked if the CDC will revise its guidance to mandate masks in schools in light of the Cochrane review showing masks do not curb COVID, CDC Director Walensky tells Congress its advice on child masking will never change. “Our masking guidance doesn’t really change with time.” pic.twitter.com/TwjZpN3jEl
— Michael P Senger (@michaelpsenger) February 14, 2023
Considering that COVID-19 isn’t going to just go away, Walensky comments appears to suggest that the CDC isn’t ever going to do away with masking.
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