French MP Martine Wonner, who represents a district near the city of Strasbourg, claimed on Friday the Center for Disease Control (CDC) health agency in the United States had effectively ruled out airborne spread and the effectiveness of face masks in regard to Covid-19.
“I’d like to end with a scoop that just came out: the Center for Disease Control just recognised its errors,” said Wonner as she concluded a short intervention in the National Assembly, where she sits with a small group of independent lawmakers after being excluded from President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move party for opposing confinement.
“The mask achieves absolutely nothing, ladies and gentlemen,” she continued, claiming the CDC “just took measures to explain the virus spreads by hands and that it has never been proven to be airborne.”
Her remarks were relayed on social media among users critical of the French government’s imposing of confinement, mandatory masks and overall handling of the Covid epidemic.
However, the CDC never claimed what Wonner said it had, and on an updated information page about the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, the agency contradicted her claims about its position on airborne spread.
“There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with Covid-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet [about 1.8 metres] away,” the updated page read. “These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html
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