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posted by martyb on Sunday May 17 2020, @04:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the I'm-shocked,-shocked-I-say dept.

U.S. Government Proposed Manipulating CDC Guidelines to Avoid Mask Shortages: Whistleblower:

The U.S. government proposed manipulating information about whether N95 masks worked to fight the spread of coronavirus in the general public, according to Dr. Richard Bright, a whistleblower who testified publicly for the first time on Thursday. The deception was an effort to avoid shortages and keep masks available for U.S. health care workers, but likely had a ripple effect throughout the country, leaving many people to believe that all masks are useless or even harmful during a pandemic. Bright's testimony is the first confirmation from a high-ranking official that the U.S. government actively sought to distribute incorrect information about N95 masks during the covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bright told the House Subcommittee on Health on Thursday about his attempts to warn others in the Department of Health and Human Services about the pending shortage of masks in January and early February, just as the novel coronavirus was spreading outside of China. Bright said that officials at the meeting simply said they would change the recommendations put out by the CDC to discourage the general public from buying masks.

"I indicated we know there will be a critical shortage of these supplies. We need to do something to ramp up production," Dr. Bright, the former top vaccine specialist at HHS, said of a meeting with HHS officials on February 7.

"They indicated if we notice there is a shortage, that we will simply change the CDC guidelines to better inform people who should not be wearing those masks, so that would save those masks for our health care workers," Dr. Bright testified.

"My response was, 'I can not believe you can sit and say that with a straight face'," Bright said. "That was absurd."

[...] Dr. Bright's entire 6-hour testimony is available on YouTube, and it's quite damning.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday May 17 2020, @01:18PM (5 children)

    They do in fact catch any viral load being carried by spit particles, which is the primary worry. Shooting out the sides (and having to hit your face to do so) though is still a whole lot better than going directly where you've got your cock-socket pointed.

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  • (Score: 2) by Username on Sunday May 17 2020, @03:53PM (3 children)

    by Username (4557) on Sunday May 17 2020, @03:53PM (#995387)

    That's kind of like saying my girlfriend is just a little pregnant since most of my sperm wasn't inside of her.

    • (Score: 1) by zion-fueled on Sunday May 17 2020, @06:16PM (1 child)

      by zion-fueled (8646) on Sunday May 17 2020, @06:16PM (#995423)

      Isn't she more likely to get pregnant with a full load vs some sperm that ended up on her finger? Millions of sperm and only 1 gets in the egg.

      • (Score: 2) by Username on Sunday May 17 2020, @11:44PM

        by Username (4557) on Sunday May 17 2020, @11:44PM (#995510)

        True, but sperm aren't self replicating. Most of your viruses not getting out doesn't help when only one will turn someone covid19 positive. Why would an epidemiologist wear so much gear against covi19 while Joe will get equal protection by just wearing a single mask.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday May 17 2020, @08:41PM

      No, it's not. Not even kind of. You really, really need to read up on viral contagion. Badly.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by krishnoid on Monday May 18 2020, @02:40AM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Monday May 18 2020, @02:40AM (#995587)

    I learned a new euphemism today! +1 Informative :-)