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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Says The 6 Foot Rule Was ‘Arbitrary And Not Scientifically Based’

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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb criticized the CDC for its “lack of accuracy” in providing guidance during the early days of COVID, pointing to the two-meter social distancing rule to stop the spread as a “random” one. approach suggested by a Trump appointee.

“The six-foot rule was arbitrary in itself, nobody knows where it came from,” Gottlieb said in an interview with Margaret Brennan on the CBS segment Face The Nation.

“But if the board had focused on that, perhaps they could have pursued a policy that would have achieved their results. But that policy-making process didn’t exist, and the six feet is a perfect example of some sort of lack of rigor around how CDC made recommendations.”

Gottlieb continued, “The first recommendation that the CDC brought to the White House and I’m talking about this was 10 feet, and a political appointee in the White House said we can’t recommend 3 feet.

Gottlieb, a frequent critic of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, has not disclosed the name of the aide who allegedly proposed the six-foot rule.

“No one can measure 10 feet. It’s unusable. Society will close. So the compromise was about six feet,’ Gottlieb said.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the six-foot social distancing rule, which was branded one of the key measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, was “arbitrary.”

“No one can measure 10 feet.  It's unusable.  Society will close.  So the compromise was about six feet,' Gottlieb continued.

“The six-foot rule was arbitrary in itself, nobody knows where it came from,” Gottlieb said in an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBC’s Face The Nation segment.

In the interview, Gottlieb said the guideline was changed to three feet this spring due to additional pressure from the Biden administration to open back schools across the country, which would only be possible if the six-foot measure was lowered.

In March, the CDC recommended that all students in the class be kept at least three feet apart.

The CDC cited the reason behind the impromptu change as a study that showed that a three-foot distance between two masked individuals reduced the likelihood of COVID-19 infections by 70 percent.

Gottlieb, however, claimed the investigation was done in the fall of 2020 and the CDC waited until spring to change the guideline.

‘Which raises the question if they had those study results in the autumn, why didn’t they change the advice in the autumn? Why did they wait until spring?

‘It feels completely random and not scientifically substantiated. So we’re talking about a very careful science-based process and these anecdotes are coming to light, and that’s where Americans are starting to lose faith in how the decisions were made,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb weighed in on his alleged handling of the pandemic by the Trump administration.

The former commissioner was critical of Trump’s passivity and lack of compromise in sending a unified message in times of crisis and setting an example in dealing with the pandemic as COVID-19 claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Gottlieb said the guideline was changed to three feet this spring due to additional pressure from the Biden government to open schools across the country, which would only be possible if the six-foot measure was reduced

Gottlieb said the guideline was changed to three feet this spring due to additional pressure from the Biden government to open schools across the country, which would only be possible if the six-foot measure was reduced

“Later on, their attitudes really changed to the point where, when he was contagious with COVID, the president ceremonially took off his mask. And what message does that send to the country?’ Gottlieb said about Trump

He added that while Trump was initially determined to make dramatic decisions to stop the spread, he eventually became more concerned about how the pandemic would affect America in other ways.

“Later on, their attitudes really changed to the point where, when he was contagious with COVID, the president ceremonially took off his mask. And what message does that send to the country?

“But my view is that they were sold with the idea that you couldn’t really influence the spread and that anything you did would just have so much impact in terms of impact on kids who might not be in school.”

‘Impact on the economy, that the costs were worse than the disease. And the schools are a perfect example of the lack of effective policy making, he said.’

Gottlieb said there were inherent issues that prevented the country from proactively stopping the spread and minimizing the impact of the pandemic, adding that Trump was “seriously concerned” privately but did not want to alarm the public.

“But if I distance myself from that, I think there were fundamental weaknesses in our response that, no matter who’s in power, we had an ill-prepared bureaucracy. We didn’t have the right infrastructure, we didn’t have the right agencies.

“The agencies were not sufficiently empowered. So even if you had competent leadership, very effective leadership throughout the chain, you would still have had the same problems,” Gottlieb concluded.

“Later on, their attitudes really changed to the point where, when he was contagious with COVID, the president ceremonially took off his mask.  And what message does that send to the country?'  said Gottlieb.  Pictured is Trump taking off his mask while infected with COVID-19 when returning to the White House after hospital treatment

“Later on, their attitudes really changed to the point where, when he was contagious with COVID, the president ceremonially took off his mask. And what message does that send to the country?’ said Gottlieb. Pictured is Trump taking off his mask while infected with COVID-19 when returning to the White House after hospital treatment

Gottlieb was critical of Trump's passivity and lack of compromise in sending a unified message to Americans in times of crisis.  Pictured is Trump returning to the White House, running the Secret Service while infected with COVID-19

Gottlieb was critical of Trump’s passivity and lack of compromise in sending a unified message to Americans in times of crisis. Pictured is Trump returning to the White House, running the Secret Service while infected with COVID-19

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