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Where’s the Science Behind CDC’s 6-Foot Social-Distance Decree?

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  • Where’s the Science Behind CDC’s 6-Foot Social-Distance Decree?

    The new limit for schools is 3 feet. But the public is in the dark about the basis of these recommendations.

    By Scott Gottlieb
    March 21, 2021 4:35 pm ET

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Friday about how far apart children ought to be while in school. The old standard of 6 feet has been replaced by a 3-foot minimum, which will make it much more feasible for many schools to reopen for full-time instruction in person.

    The adjustment applies only to schools, not society more broadly, and only when prevalence is low and schools are taking other measures, such as keeping kids in social “pods.” T

    ... More distance is always better when it comes to contagion. But the6-foot directive might have been the single costliest measure CDC has recommended, which have been largely followed over the past year.
    So what science went into making—and, more important, sustaining—the recommendation?