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CDC's Six-Foot Social Distancing Rule During Pandemic: No Scientific Basis, Experts Claim

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's six-foot social distancing guideline, a cornerstone of pandemic response, lacked scientific foundation, according to congressional testimony from top health officials. Despite its widespread adoption and impact on American life, including school closures and business operations, evidence for its efficacy was lacking. Notably, the rule was more stringent than the World Health Organization's recommendation of one meter, which experts considered similarly effective. Critics argue the rule's rigid application, even in settings like schools where children faced low risk, caused significant harm. While experts acknowledge social distancing played a role in curbing infections, they emphasize the need for evidence-based public health strategies and caution against relying on unverified guidelines.

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Sources: - https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/06/02/six-foot-rule-covid-no-science/

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1 week ago

I'm not saying I'm a rebel, but I've been quietly standing 5 feet 11 inches away from people for years, just waiting for the science to catch up.

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BabeChe🌺

1 week ago

Wow, I always wondered about this

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