Former FDA chief says social distancing not based on clear science

In this news report published by the Epoch Times last March 21, 2021, writer Jack Phillips quotes former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb who says that social distancing mandates imposed to control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 was not based on science. According to Gottlieb, “This six-foot distancing requirement has probably been the single costliest mitigation tactic that we’ve employed in response to COVID … and it really wasn’t based on clear science. … We should have re-adjudicated this much earlier”.

Gottlieb also suggests that masks may also be removed for schoolchildren. When asked to comment about the public dispute between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul on the use of masks for the vaccinated, Gottlieb says, “Sen. Paul was right, we need to see light at the end of the tunnel and have guidance that prescribes an environment where people can start doing things again”.

Editor’s Note: As Gottlieb has clearly expressed, some of the imposed coronavirus policies have no real scientific basis. This is important to understand as some governments are pretending that there is conclusive science supporting all its policies. And if there is no scientific basis for these policies, then the government must be willing to reassess its position and change guidelines, as necessary.

The problem with all coronavirus policies is that governments seem to have forgotten that lockdowns, masks, physical distancing, contact tracing, etc., are not gospel truths. And as the 2019 WHO Pandemic Response document has shown us, most of these policies have limited scientific bases, and must only be utilized at specific stages during an epidemic/pandemic. [To add, according to the same document, evidence for avoiding crowding through physical distancing has very low to unknown scientific evidence. It should only be used during moderate and severe epidemics, which the SARS-CoV-2 is not. See Will the real WHO please stand up?]

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