A letter has been obtained and released from Dr. Michael Osterholm of our very own University of Minnesota to the CDC and a bunch of other government recipients. I have spoken with Dr. Osterholm during the epidemic and while we disagreed on some issues, it was a pleasant conversation. Turns out that he was in firm agreement with me about the futility of masking and the dangers of implying that they were effective at preventing transmission or serious disease. The letter was written in November of 2021, in the midst of the epidemic and pre-Omicron. In the letter, the good doctor basically accuses the CDC in particular of spreading misinformation about mask effectiveness. Wonder if the authors of the JAMA article I posted are flipping out, since they said what CDC put out was the “science” and truth.
As I and countless others continually pointed out, the CDC twisted studies and data to fit its message and left out data which didn’t support its message. Dr. Osterholm confirms this criticism. The letter is signed by a number of other professors and scientists. Somehow CDC never saw fit to release this letter at the time or respond to it publicly. And while I credit Dr. Osterholm for writing it, he should have made it public as well. And the Walz administration was clearly aware of it, since it was relying on several of the addressees and signatories. But Fat Timmy never mentioned it in his bloviating press conferences. If you wonder why the public distrusts “science” and “experts”, this is a classic example of what creates that distrust. (Osterholm letter)