Former FDA commissioner said the 6-feet social distancing rule is ‘arbitrary’ and ‘nobody knows where it came from’

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Scott Gottlieb in 2017 Zach Gibson/Getty Images

By Gabbi Shaw

Business Insider

  • Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner from 2017 to April 2019, appeared on “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
  • During the interview, he said that the 6-feet rule recommended by the CDC is “arbitrary.”
  • Gottlieb also said no one knows where it came from, as the original proposal was 10 feet.

During a September 19 “Face the Nation” appearance, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb made some claims regarding the CDC guidelines that we all stand six feet apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via socia distancing.

“The six feet rule was arbitrary in and of itself,” he told interviewer Margaret Brennan. “Nobody knows where it came from. Most people assume that the six feet of distance, the recommendation for keeping six feet apart, comes out of some old studies related to flu, where droplets don’t travel more than six feet,” he added.

Gottlieb, who published the “National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening” with several other public health experts, a guide on how to manage the disease, also said the original recommendation was to keep people 10 feet apart, but that was shut down.

“The initial recommendation that the CDC brought to the White House … was 10 feet, and a political appointee in the White House said we can’t recommend 10 feet,” he said. “Nobody can measure 10 feet, it’s inoperable, society will shut down. So the compromise was around six feet,” Gottlieb continued.



4 thoughts on “Former FDA commissioner said the 6-feet social distancing rule is ‘arbitrary’ and ‘nobody knows where it came from’

  1. You are buying into all the bullshit

    Kurt Vonnegut

    The Great Depression was going on, so that the station and the streets teemed with homeless people, just as they do today. The newspapers were full of stories of worker layoffs and farm foreclosures and bank failures, just as they are today. All that has changed, in my opinion, is that, thanks to television, we can hide a Great Depression. We may even be hiding a Third World War. – Kurt Vonnegut

    A friend said his power bill went, from 77 dollars in July to 300 dollars because he bought 2 more fans and another air conditioner, so he could survive in July, he had a heart attack last week, from the ungodly humidity and heat in Mississippi, texas, Louisiana.. At no time did anything occur to me, about how hot and uncomfortable things were getting till the hurricanes came and, ac was destroyed. People dropping like flys from heat stroke. Businesses closed.

    I am becoming more aware that the Covid thing, is possibly a smoke screen for economic and climate collapse, that will not happen in 50 years, or 20 years, or 5 years. It is happening now! Like a 10 pronged, grapes of wrath. And the corporations, as usual come first for the bailouts. Like the great bank bailouts of 2008.

    The vaccine and covid sensationalism is probably a concerted smoke-screen to cover, for climate change events that are now occuring and severe economic trouble . People are dying from hurricanes that are occuring lol.. every week and heat stroke.

    Human workers cannot survive w 94 percent humidity and 90 degree tempsso long

    Burger king , the grocery stores, jack in the crack, Cajun and Mexican restaurants, bbq, McDonald’s , restaurants all closed from ac gone bad or too much humidity. Workers sent home . Oh , but the govt says thats not supposed to happen for 50 years lol. I see it w my own eyes..

    300 people died of heat stroke last week in Louisiana. They died, from the grid being down from hurricane Ida. Ida affected us too. The water here is not drinkable. I have had diarrhea for 4 days from bad water here from hurricane Nicholas that hit last week.

    Half of this town is abandoned and there are caravans leaving the gulf coast of Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. It is worse that the great depression. The media and government are not even talking about it or they are lying about it.

    I saw the Mountains of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and new mexico on fire last summer . The huge wildfires, in the Colorado Rockies backbone of USA western mountainns. Meanwhile the same shit was happening in momntana Oregon, idaho, Alaska, california. Boy, what a wakeup call that was!

    Elon musk, the conman is busy selling his Sirens of Titan, Mars rides!

    Outer space travel, is just bullshit. It always was. Elon is just a crook. Any astronaut at nasa, will tell u, that they have had cancer. They will tell you that the radioactive shit in space will kill u in 2 weeks. Houston to earth, please wake-up!

    Many people are packing up. It is like the last depression . Tthe dust bowls the heat the shit economies. The death disease, and famine. The homelessness. The evil, of people forced to be moving out to nowhere like , in Steinbeck’s grapes of wrath. No job security . People can’t pay rents, shit healthcare.

    Bidens answer to the economic and climate catastrophe, is to build more nuclear bombs and nuke subs to threaten china. Nuclear subs with reactors. Nuke subs are Mini nuke reactors, that can blowup anytime , sending a 1000 nuke bomb fallout equivalents, into the environment. They will be in Australia’s harbors, for no good reason but death destruction, and evil greed. Each sub-Sub reactor and with nuke missiles, is the equiv of thousands of Hiroshima bombs when they explode or something goes wrong. There is ere no place to put the cancer causing , murderous nuke waste.used to make nuclear subs and the nuke bombs on them. No place to put the Nukewaste, used to run them . Nuke waste, that exists when the are decommissioned.

    The politicians are cutting off medicaid in southern states. Kids getting paid chickenfeed, no decent health insurance, taxed to death . Exorbitant rents. Young people , getting worked to death. As soon as I clear this trailer space off, I can only pray that I can get in a stick built apt where I can survive a little longer.

    Many people in America are just living in their own little bubbles now. Brainwashed by thousands of lines, of internet misinformation, religious bullshit, patriotic jingoism, and streams of media propaganda.

    Trump demonized the Chinese. He wanted to use a tactical nuke on iran or somewhere else to show the world he meant business but, is Biden much different? The Australian people need to risup and throw fascist clown Morrison in prison, before it’s too late


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