CNN’s “traumatized” chief medical correspondent has admitted to metaphorically suffering from discomfort merely for agreeing with a moderate GOP senator.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta was reacting to the dustup between U.S. Sen.Susan Collins (R-Me.) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rachel Walensky during a congressional hearing, given the CDC’s overly cautious, if not alarmist, COVID-19 guidance for summer camps and schools.
Collins told the director during the exchange that she no longer has the “utmost respect” for CDC guidance issued by an agency that she previously considered the “gold standard” because of its contradictory and confusing messaging during the pandemic.
Teeing it up for Gupta, CNN “New Day” co-host Brianna Keilar said “there are many people who agree with her,” a perhaps late-to-the-party acknowledgment from a corporate media figure that some might find surprising.
“It pains me to say this, but I see where she’s coming from, Senator Collins, on this,” Gupta answered.
“I mean, I think for a long time the concern was the CDC was providing guidance at the beginning of the pandemic that was not scientifically based, and as a result, we didn’t do things that we should have done in this country that could have greatly mitigated what has happened here.
“And now I think it’s almost a little bit of the reverse problem. The science is not necessarily being followed to the same extent, and as a result, we’re probably doing things that we don’t need to be doing,” he explained.
Gupta asserted, in what some might consider a bit of irony, the CDC “needs to be a science-based organization” especially when it comes to outdoor mask wearing.
Given the benefit of hindsight, “What does the science say? You don’t need to wear a mask outside. It’s just one of these things that, again, we’ve known this for some time. We didn’t know in the beginning,” he continued.
He added that outdoor transmission of COVID is exceedingly rare throughout the world.
As far as indoor masking is concerned, regional differences exist in viral transmission in the context of the vaccination rate that call for caution, he noted.
“If you’re vaccinated, I don’t think you need to wear a mask indoors either. So this is what the science is sort of showing, and I think the CDC just needs to probably say that. They’re erring on the side of caution. I get it; we’ve all be traumatized here, but I think, at this point, it has to be very clear what the science shows, and what you can do as a result of that.”
Co-host John Berman concluded the discussion by praising the doctor’s “excellent points.”
Watch the CNN segment and draw your own conclusion:
Even the liberal New York Times has deemed misleading the CDC’s claim of a 10 percent outdoor infection rate
Gupta began the discussion by suggesting that all schools could have opened much earlier. “For some time, we’ve known with the mitigation measures, masking, things like that, trying to improve ventilation, you can open schools safely, and safer than the surrounding community,” he said.
Many left-wing teachers’ unions have been fighting tooth and nail against a return to in-person, classroom learning, despite studies that apparently show minimal health risk for the spread of the virus in that setting.