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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: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @12:31AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @12:31AM (#995537)

    Brown shirts were hired by companies because police failed to protect property from destruction by Antifa. The Weimar Republic had all of the features that "progressives" want. If you give someone 2 bad choices, they are going to choose 1 of them. So the point is to avoid painting ourselves into that corner. We have the benefit of history. But unfortunately, we teach history in such a way that makes avoiding it impossible. We teach that Hitler was bad, but not how to avoid getting another one because that would show that progressivism has been tried before and that it was an unmitigated disaster.

    Speaking of 2 bad choices, maybe consider ranked choice voting.

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  • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Monday May 18 2020, @01:11AM (3 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) Subscriber Badge on Monday May 18 2020, @01:11AM (#995553)

    Good lord.

    What a strange worldview. It's almost like reality is optional.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @02:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @02:34AM (#995585)

      It's just another way of saying that the only thing worse than Trump was Clinton. Trump may be an ignorant buffoon, but he would have to do a lot more evil before he is worse than a hot war in Iran. Hillary and the MIC* were gearing up for that even before the election, her losing to Trump saved a lot of lives on both sides.

      Search for the quote "Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran."

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @03:12AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @03:12AM (#995597)

      We were told that Hillary had a 99% chance of winning. Wrong. Trump colluded with Russia. Wrong. Reconsider whose reality is suspect.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @09:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @09:22PM (#996031)

        Ouch, we got some real flat earth level dimwits around here. Just going by simple reported facts you are wrong. Maybe you'll grow out of your infantile mindset.