Rochelle Walensky, in leaked audio, revealed CDC’s true intentions on masks in school

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky was heard on leaked audio saying that guidance about masks in schools will not be changed.

An audio recording of Walensky’s comments from a closed-door House Energy and Commerce committee briefing was obtained by Reason magazine in which she was heard saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be changing its recommendation for all students to wear masks in the nation’s schools.

“The CDC provides guidance,” Walensky can be heard saying in the briefing held virtually on Tuesday. “Our guidance currently is that masking should happen in all schools right now.”

Reason editor Robby Soave noted that Walensky “acknowledged ‘limitations’ of data but said ‘the masks should still stay on.'”

“Explain why we need to keep allowing school districts to impose a mask mandate on kids,” Rep. Gary Palmer (R–Ala.) asked Walensky.

“I will also say that guidance is just guidance, and all of these decisions, we’ve continued to say, have to be made at the local level,” she replied. “As cases come down dramatically, we have deferred our guidance to the local jurisdictions.”

“What it boils down to is that the CDC feels no need to change school mask guidance. Walensky’s view is that if you don’t like this, your local officials should just do whatever,” Soave wrote in a tweet. “But the problem is that most areas controlled by Democrats feel utterly beholden to CDC guidance.”

“My question today, my one question, is Dr. Walensky, will you commit to update your guidance by Friday to allow children in person without the burden of masks?” asked Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R–Wash.)

According to Soave, Walensky “made no such commitment.”

Twitter users weighed in on Walensky’s comments.


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