How many millions of dollars were spent to separate Americans in stores, classrooms, movie theaters, at checkout lanes around America? How many volunteers spent endless hours roping off church and synagogue pews? How much money was lost by restaurants, cab drivers, and small coffee shops where it was impossible to survive the 6-foot spacing rule put in place by the all-knowing COVID authorities?
How many people missed out on opportunities to interact with each other because of the anti-social 6-foot social distancing rule?
The damage done to businesses, students, schools, and Americans in general who were forced to abide by a 6-foot rule that was supposed to save our lives is immeasurable.
Now, the former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is speaking out about the 6-foot COVID rule, and criticizing the CDC for its ‘lack of rigor’ in providing guidelines during the early days of COVID. Gottlieb is now saying the truly was “arbitrary,” and was not based in science.
The Daily Mail reports – ‘The six feet rule was arbitrary in and of itself, nobody knows where it came from,’ said Gottlieb in an interview with Margaret Brennan in CBS’s segment Face The Nation.
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‘But if the administration had focused in on that, they might have been able to effect a policy that would have actually achieved their outcome. But that policy-making process didn’t exist, and the six feet is a perfect example of sort of the lack of rigor around how CDC made recommendations.’
Gottlieb continued: ‘The initial recommendation that the CDC brought to the White House and I talk about this was 10 feet, and a political appointee in the White House said we can’t recommend 10 feet.
‘Nobody can measure 10 feet. It’s inoperable. Society will shut down. So the compromise was around six feet,’ Gottlieb said.
In the interview, Gottlieb said that the guideline was changed to three feet this spring because of added pressure from the Biden administration to open back schools across the country, which was only going to be possible if the six-feet measure was reduced.
In March, the CDC recommended that all students should remain at least three feet apart in classrooms.
The CDC cited the reason behind the impromptu change was a study that proved three-feet social distancing between two masked individuals reduced the chances of COVID-19 infections by 70 percent.
However, Gottlieb contended that the study had been done in the fall of 2020, and the CDC waited until the spring to change the guideline.
‘Which begs the question if they had that study result in the fall, why didn’t they change the advice in the fall? Why did they wait until the spring?
‘This is how the whole thing feels arbitrary and not science-based. So we talk about a very careful, science-based process and these anecdotes get exposed, and that’s where Americans start to lose confidence in how the decisions got made,’ Gottlieb said.