CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is putting even more eyes on the ObamaCare case that will be heard on Nov. 10 and raising new doubts about the law’s prospects. But in the meantime, there was plenty of coronavirus news today, and we’ll start there.

CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus from website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reversed itself and deleted from its website a new guidance that said the coronavirus can spread through respiratory droplets and “aerosol” particles.

The agency said the guidance was a draft that had been posted in error, and its recommendations are still being updated.

The CDC guidance on the coronavirus is now the same as it was before the revisions.

The change and the reversal comes as the CDC faces extensive scrutiny over whether decisions by and guidance from government scientists are being affected by politics.

Public health experts were pleased with the updated guidance, as evidence has shown COVID-19 can be transmitted beyond the recommended six feet of physical distancing. The updated language suggested that proper indoor ventilation could help mitigate the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization issued a warning in July, saying that coronavirus could be spread through people talking, singing and shouting after hundreds of scientists released a letter urging it to do so.

Reasons unclear: We don’t know for sure if CDC reverted back to the original guidance because of political pressure. The update could just as easily have been a mistake. But that’s a problem. Some Democrats were quick to point to the possibility of a coverup.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement Monday evening called the removal “the latest example of a deeply broken Trump Administration response that sows confusion, fans the virus’s spread and costs Americans’ lives.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted: “The CDC just published scientifically valid information and then pulled it off their website and this is very likely a scandal.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) pointed to the bigger problem.

“Enough is enough. @CDCgov, this constant ping pong only erodes the public confidence at a time when you should be the most trusted public health voice,” DeLauro tweeted.

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