STORY AT-A-GLANCE
In a recently released letter, Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and colleagues urged public health officials to address “serious errors” on their official website about masks for the public
The letter, sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November 2021, warned of inaccurate information and misrepresented data that could “damage the credibility of science,” while producing “false expectations” about masks’ supposed effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2
The letter also called for IDSA to remove from its webpage the notion that masking prevents severe COVID-19 and to reconsider statements that masks are effective for preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2
The letter also suggests the CDC mask site boosted study results that favored its narrative that masks are effective while trying to discredit those that went against it
After a Cochrane study found masks don’t work, its editor-in-chief threw the researchers under the bus, releasing a controversial statement that the study is “inaccurate and misleading;” she’s now hired consulting firm Envoy to conduct damage control for her tarnished reputation

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