The Destruction of Trust In The CDC and Public Health Establishment Is Now Complete
The new mask recommendations are a disgraceful debacle, doomed to fail...again
As soon as politicians, media members and incompetent and terrified “experts” became ideologically committed to ineffective interventions, they could never end.
The CDC has been the most reliable and consistent contributor to destructive and functionally useless mask recommendations. They’ve used unconscionably bad, dangerously incompetent and misleading “studies,” along with hilariously useless “hairdresser” examples to “prove” mask efficacy. Finally though, after throwing out their own pre-pandemic planning documents to promote a policy with no demonstrable benefits, the CDC displayed confidence in the “safe and effective” vaccines and removed their useless mask guidelines just two and a half months ago.
And yet. It’s all happening. The CDC flip flopped again. Masks are back.
Many of us arguing against lockdowns and masks and other related and equally ineffective “mitigations” have been pointing out for months now that the CDC has been unbelievably bad at their literal one job. We’ve been pointing out that the CDC’s credibility has been irreparably damaged based on their demonstrable incompetence and ever changing messaging with unchanging certainty. But no one, and I mean no one, could have foreseen that the death blow to the CDC’s credibility would come from the CDC itself.
I guess it shouldn’t be as surprising as it is that they put the final nail in their own coffin, but somehow their devotion to pseudoscience never ceases to amaze.
Bringing back masks is the end. It has to be. They were unequivocal in their assertions that the available vaccines were remarkably effective at preventing infections and transmission, symptomatic illness, severe cases and ultimately deaths.
Yesterday’s announcement is completely incompatible with their previous statements and should be an inescapable disaster for the country’s trust in “public health” and what the CDC, Fauci and others laughably refer to as “science.”
So let’s go over this unfolding debacle!
INTELLIGENCER HEADLINE: “CDC Data Suggests Vaccinated Don’t Carry, Can’t Spread Virus”
Got that? No hemming and hawing, no uncertainty, no “don’t spread the virus as much,” it literally says that the vaccinated CAN NOT SPREAD THE VIRUS. CAN NOT. It’s not possible for them to spread it, that’s what the “data” says.
Here’s a direct quote from the CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky:
“Vaccinated people do not carry the virus — they don’t get sick,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday. That’s “not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data.”
They do not carry the virus and do not get sick. Focus on the “they do not carry the virus” part for a second. If vaccinated people can’t carry it, how can they spread it?
They can’t! That’s what the CDC says:
Walensky was referring to a new CDC study that suggests those fully inoculated with the vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer don’t transmit the virus.
“The authorized vaccines are the key tool that will help bring an end to this devastating pandemic.”
They are the key tool. Masks used to be, of course, but now vaccines will end the pandemic. Let’s keep that in mind.
FORTUNE HEADLINE: “It’s official: Vaccinated people don’t transmit COVID-19”
CNN HEADLINE: “People vaccinated against Covid-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors, CDC says”
The big day. The CDC says that vaccinated people no longer need masks, inside or outside.
Calling it an “exciting and powerful moment,” Walensky said the science supports the updated CDC guidance that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physical distancing.”
Got it? “The Science™” supports the new guidance that vaccinated individuals don’t need masks. The Science™ is unassailable and absolute. It is unequivocal. And The Science™ decreed that vaccinated individuals did not carry and could not transmit the virus.
Not just that, the vaccines are nearly 100% effective in reducing symptomatic infections:
The Israeli study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed the vaccine was 97% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 and 86% effective against asymptomatic infection in over 5,000 health care workers.
So not only are the vaccinated unable to transmit or carry the virus, they are nearly completely protected from the slightest symptoms, let alone severe ones.
In this video, Fauci says, and I quote: “if in fact, you are vaccinated, fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you do not need to wear a mask, outdoors or indoors.”
Perhaps more importantly, he also said: “we know from experience now that the vaccines that we’re using in this country do very well against the delta variant.”
This will be extremely relevant shortly!
The Impact - July 1
Time to take a quick pause here to review the impact that the CDC’s new mask guidance on May 13th had on COVID cases in the United States. And this is an important point. If masks were key to reducing the spread of infections in the US during the era of widespread vaccinations and the delta variant, it would be evident that ending mask mandates across the country led to an immediate increase. Remember, masks are so powerful, the previous head of our beloved CDC had this to say last year: “U.S. CDC head says mask-wearing could get COVID-19 under control within 4-8 weeks.”
So let’s see if cases skyrocketed weeks after many Americans tore off their masks!
They did not. They did not skyrocket at all.
So why would they expect masks to be effective now, after we’ve already seen that lifting them in the delta variant era didn’t matter? Because they are ideologically committed to ineffective interventions.
BUSINESS INSIDER “SCIENCE” HEADLINE: “Fauci: Vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are far less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people”
This is literally twelve days ago. TWELVE DAYS AGO. Fauci, our lord and protector, our Time “Guardian of the Year” award winner, said that even if vaccinated people contracted the virus, they were extraordinarily unlikely to spread it. He even gave a science-y reason for it too!
Fauci said vaccinated people who develop asymptomatic infections have "considerably less" virus in their nasal passages compared to unvaccinated people with asymptomatic infections.
"I think one can make a reasonable assumption, based on the level of virus in the nasopharynx, that it would be less likely that that vaccinated breakthrough person would transmit compared to an unvaccinated person," Fauci said in the briefing.
Behold, the decree from The Science™ twelve days ago! Fauci, in his eminent infallibility, proclaimed to the public, well into the delta variant era, that if vaccinated people have a “breakthrough” infection, they’re essentially still not going to transmit the virus. That’s what he said!
CNBC Headline: “CDC reverses indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people and kids should wear them indoors”
There it is. The destruction of any remaining shreds of credibility the CDC and Fauci had left.
So what was the justification for this dramatic shift? The delta variant! The same variant that Fauci said the vaccines did “very well” against. The variant that existed in the US and that was known to be “more transmissible” when the CDC made their recommendation to remove masks in May. The variant that Fauci said in the above interview he unquestionably expected to be the “dominant” one nationwide fairly soon. Yet all of these facts did not impact his or the CDC’s assertion that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected. That variant.
Let’s view this remarkable timeline in context:
It’s unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. What was an additional scientific reason for the new guidance?
“…fully vaccinated individuals who get infected with the variant can spread the virus just as easily as unvaccinated people.”
Got that messaging? Vaccines work very well against the delta variant, full vaccination makes you completely protected against the virus, vaccines are “the key tool to ending the pandemic,” we’re in a pandemic of “unvaccinated people” now according to the President and a litany of public health experts, and now…whoops! Turns out vaccinated people who are infected with delta can spread it just as easily as unvaccinated people.
What a complete disgrace. Whatever confidence the public had in the unequivocal assertions from the CDC, from Fauci, from the public health establishment, should justifiably be destroyed. It’s finished.
Oh and by the way, the CDC specifically said that masks should come back in areas with "substantial" or "high," transmission rates. Let’s take a look at some areas that have “substantial” or “high” transmission rates, according to the CDC’s own website:
Marin County (next to SF):
Suffolk County (Boston), Massachusetts:
New York County (Manhattan):
Los Angeles County:
What are the 18+ vaccination rates in those counties? Here they are with one dose/two dose rates, according to the CDC:
San Francisco - 85.1%/75.7%
Marin County - 91.4%/83.4%
Suffolk County - 75.4%/67.2%
Miami-Dade County - 87.5%/73.1%
New York County - 81.8%/73.1%
Los Angeles County - 73%/63.5%
All of them…ALL OF THEM should be mandating masks indoors for everyone, so says The Science™. So I’ll ask the same question I asked of Los Angeles Public Health: if vaccination rates this high, as high as almost anywhere on earth, are unable to prevent areas from slipping into “substantial” or “high” transmission rates, how in the world would you expect masks to have any remote impact whatsoever?
What this really comes down to, at its core, is a desperately idiotic attempt to control something that’s out of their control, by re-recommending an intervention that’s already failed, against a variant that’s supposedly much easier to spread.
For any reasonable, rational human being, it should be the end of the slightest level of confidence in the CDC as a capable, functioning, scientifically driven agency. They have demolished the reputation of the vaccines, lending fuel to those skeptical of their efficacy. And, in a sane world, this announcement should end any and all conversation of “vaccine passports,” given that their supposed justification was to prevent infections.
Don’t take it from me, take it from an expert:
Vaccine passports “will achieve very little.” Will that stop Twitter, television experts and a hysterical press from endlessly calling for them? Of course not.
After relentlessly pushing, with unquestioning certainty, that the vaccinated literally COULD NOT carry the virus or transmit it, the CDC forever destroyed their own narrative. And that’s what this really comes down to. It’s about their over-confidence that whatever they decree at the moment is an indisputable, inarguable scientific absolute, because they said it. And then later on, when they’re inevitably proven wrong, holding their hands up and claiming they’re just updating based on The New Science™.
Just a month ago, heck, just a few days ago, saying what the CDC is saying now would have likely gotten you punished by Twitter or Facebook or any number of social media platforms, for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.” Yet we learned yesterday that there is no one better at promoting “vaccine hesitancy” than the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
I’d love to believe that this will be the end of politicians and corporations blindly following the CDC’s every whim, but I know it won’t be. It can’t be. They’re ideologically committed to failure. It’s the end of science:
And so guess what’s coming back for round 2:
That’s right. Masks. The most useless public health intervention in the history of the world. So congratulations must go out to the CDC, to Fauci and to the public health establishment on the complete demolition of trust in science. You did it.