The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed a guideline, posted on their website, that said the coronavirus could spread through the air and said it was posted in error.
A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.
This CDC error came only days after it reversed another recommendation on testing guidelines. The CDC had been stating that people without symptoms did not need a test. The new recommendation that came on Friday, September 18, said those same people do need a test.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the litany of errors are very concerning and could ruin the reputation of the agency. He also had some questions about how this keeps happening.
“It’s really hard to believe that this was an accidental posting of draft guidance that they had to subsequently pull down 48 hours later that they didn’t realize they had put it up over the course of the weekend,”
There is no doubt that the numerous reversals and errors given have cast doubt on the recommendations of the CDC as well as the World Health Organization.
Testing numbers that contained antibody as well as viral tests have also produced multiple concerns about the validity of the data coming out of the CDC. Those paying attention to these mistakes have also questioned the timing of many of these errors.
Back in May, several states were combining the results of the two separate tests into one report on positive tests.