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Psaki Responds To Biden COVID Adviser Admitting Cloth Masks ‘Are Not Very Effective’

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During a White House Press Briefing on Friday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to former President Biden COVID-19 adviser and top epidemiologist Michael Osterholm’s statements that cloth masks are “not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.”

“[Osterholm] said, in a television interview this week, regarding mask-wearing — specifically the cloth masks, like so many of us are wearing here and what the kids are wearing in school — right? — largely.  He said it’s a — that the scientific community has been doing a disservice to the public on face coverings,” a report said.  “He said that cloth masks like these have very ‘limited’ impact on the amount of virus that you inhale or you exhale out.  And he also said that he’s really disappointed in his colleagues for not making that more clear to the public.”

“And that’s sort of in line with the study that Governor DeSantis is citing as the basis for his executive order,” the reporter asked. “So how do you respond to that?”

“I think you’re confusing a few things there,” Psaki responded. “But let me first say that Osterholm is not an advisor to the President, to the administration, to the White House.  He doesn’t work here.  He’s a private citizen and a medical ex- — a public health expert.  But a lot of public health experts are out there speaking, and good for them.”

It should be noted that Osterholm served on Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board of 13 health experts who were appointed by Biden to guide him on the pandemic during the presidential transitionary period.

“I will say that we are going to continue to rely on the advice of medical experts in the federal government on what kind of masks we all should wear, what kind of masks kids should wear,” Psaki continued. “And if they change that advice, then the Department of Education will be working with schools to make sure that’s implemented as a mitigation measure.”

“The issue we have taken with the guidance of Governor DeSantis — which he, of course, is fundraising off of, I think we should note — is that he is preventing schools and teachers and others from protecting themselves and the students in their classroom,” Psaki said. “And as a mother myself, that’s concerning.  And I’m sure it’s concerning to mothers in Florida.”

Psaki’s comments echo her previous false claim that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned children from wearing masks in school. The policy in Florida allows parents to decide whether their child should wear a mask at school, instead of the government.

Last week, Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board member Michael Osterholm said during a CNN interview, “We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.”

“We need to talk about better masking,” he continued. “We need to talk about N-95 respirators, which would do a lot for both people who are not yet vaccinated or not previously infected.”

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  1. soundmind

    August 16, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Interesting is the fact that those tissue-thin masks exported from china to the US and other nations are cited on the boxes/packages as being “not for medical use or purposes”.

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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