Surgeon general’s social distancing protocols lacked ‘scientific integrity:’ Watchdog

Surgeon general’s social distancing protocols lacked ‘scientific integrity:’ Watchdog

  • June 14, 2024

Breccan F. Thies, Washington Examiner

EXCLUSIVE — Protect the Public’s Trust, a watchdog group, is calling for an investigation into U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for recommending “physical distancing” to combat the coronavirus despite an apparent lack of scientific evidence for the protocol.

In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm, obtained by the Washington Examiner, PPT called for an investigation into Murthy for “apparent violations of scientific integrity standards” after Murthy recommended physical distancing that resulted in draconian mandates and school closures at the height of the pandemic.

“It stands to reason that the more drastic a measure taken, especially a measure involving children, the more ironclad the science supporting it should be,” Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the Washington Examiner. “But here is another instance of public health leaders recommending severe restrictions based on slapdash evidence, and the scars inflicted on these kids will affect them for decades.”

Murthy claimed in an August 2021 meeting that so long as children stayed 3-6 feet away from one another and were not in contact with someone who tested positive for more than 15 minutes, they did not need to quarantine, according to a public records request filed by PPT. That meeting was attended by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as well as members of teachers unions, which supported prolonging the lockdowns.

In a separate records request, PPT obtained a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report titled “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention,” which the organization said appears to be the “sole basis” for claiming distancing could work. The letter said the report has five sources, none of which reach that conclusion.

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