After the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidelines for mask-wearing on Saturday, Senator Rand Paul slammed YouTube censors for suspending him last August after he warned that cloth masks do not protect against COVID-19.
On Friday, the CDC finally admitted that “loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection.”
The New York Times reports:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday clarified its stance on various kinds of masks, acknowledging that the cloth masks frequently worn by Americans do not offer as much protection as surgical masks or respirators.
While this disparity is widely known to the general public, the update marks the first time the C.D.C. has explicitly addressed the differences. The agency’s website also no longer refers to a shortage of respirators.
The Times also noted, “When the C.D.C. finally recommended masks for ordinary Americans, it emphasized cloth face coverings. …. According to the C.D.C.’s new description of masks, loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection and layered finely woven products offer more.”
Paul tweeted in response, “Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?”
Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?https://t.co/0BZ2HZHiZW
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 15, 2022
In the video he posted last August Paul said, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection,” adding, “cloth masks don’t work.”
A YouTube spokesperson told NBC News at the time that the video violated the company's policy on COVID-19 misinformation, like “claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects” or that masks were ineffective in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.
So, Paul was suspended for it, and now the CDC is admitting that the masks are ineffective. Therefore, he was right all along. Sounds like YouTube owes him an apology.
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