Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) has slammed the CDC for being “anti-science,” and it seems like there is now another thing that he could stress to support his claim.
There are two metrics to look at if you are investigating a virus — severity and transmissibility.
While the coronavirus is very transmissible, it is not as severe as the Ebola virus is which has a far higher lethality.
But just how transmissible is the coronavirus Delta variant that the Joe Biden White House are flipping out over?
The CDC said on July 26 in their slide show that it was just as contagious as chickenpox — which is among the most contagious viruses we have ever seen.
— Hayley Wielgus (@HayleyWielgus) July 31, 2021
Of course, the liberal media spread this lie everywhere. Take notice of the help of Dr. Zeke Emanuel in supporting this claim.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 30, 2021
Naturally, that makes the public overreact to the news.
But as NPR says, this was not true.
The CDC Said The Delta Variant Is As Contagious As Chickenpox. That's Not Accurate https://t.co/1qo1q53cib
— NPR Health News (@NPRHealth) August 11, 2021
Biostatistician Tom Wenseleers in Belgium went over the difference between Delta and chickenpox. The R0 or “R naught” is the amount of people an infected person will infect, on average, when the whole population is vulnerable to the disease. For chickenpox, the number is 9 or 10. For Delta, it is less, he said — somewhere around 6 and 7. Still very transmissible, and higher than the original strain which was 2 and 3, but not in the same league as chickenpox.
So how did the Biden White House get these facts so wrong, reporting that it was “just as transmissible?”
The leaked document underestimated chickenpox’s R0 and overestimated delta’s R0. “The R0 values for delta were calculated from data obtained from a smaller sample size,” a federal official said. “The number for the chickenpox came from a graphic from The NY Times, which was not completely accurate.”
Once again making policy and comments based upon something that is simply terrible and would cause more fear. So how are officials being kept accountable for spreading lies like this that are simply wrong?
The Biden Admin. should immediately correct all lies which the CDC and other agencies hav put out. Instead, they are allowing lies to cause fear in the American people to encourage them to give up more of their freedoms.
Were they trying to make it seem like they had very robust evidence for their reversal on masks? Were they trying to get people's attention?
Or, say, did the slides represent a minority/heterodox view within the CDC, some individual who disagreed with the agency's take on Delta?
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 11, 2021
The internet isn't real life and neither are NYT headlines, but I've met multiple not-online people in real life whose understanding was that Delta is as contagious as chicken pox *even among vaccinated people.* The CDC document and the reporting on it were just abysmal. https://t.co/PKDhhAT6He
— Kevin 👐 Glass (@KevinWGlass) August 11, 2021
Author: Steven Sinclaire