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  • Sanjay Gupta appeared on CNN and defended Sen. Susan Collins’s questioning of the CDC’s coronavirus guidance.
  • Collins questioned Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
  • Gupta said he believes the CDC isn’t following science and is eroding the public’s trust in the process.

Sanjay Gupta sided with Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) on Wednesday, defending her questioning of coronavirus guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gupta appeared on CNN with anchors Brianna Keilar and John Berman and discussed Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic with Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

“I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore,” Collins said.


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“It pains me to say this, but I see where she’s coming from, Senator Collins, on this,” Gupta said after playing the clip from the hearing. “I think for a long time the concern was the CDC was providing guidance at the beginning of the pandemic that was not scientifically based, and as a result, we didn’t do things we should have done in this country that could have greatly mitigated what has happened here. And now I think it’s almost a little bit of a reverse problem. The science is not necessarily being followed to the same extent and as a result we’re probably doing things that we don’t need to be doing.”

“In the end, the CDC needs to be just a science-based organization,” Gupta said. “What does the science say? You don’t need to wear a mask outside. It’s just one of these things that, again, we’ve known this for some time.”

Gupta added that he believes the guidance for wearing masks indoors should be determined based on the rates of vaccination and transmission in each specific area.

Keilar noted there are citizens who agree with Collins’s sentiments and that it is crucial that Americans trust health establishments such as the CDC. 


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Published on May 12, 2021