How can drafts be so wrong (or are they "too" right)?
Post date: 2020-09-22 11:05:58
The CDC has announced that recently released draft guidance of covid-19 mistakenly says the virus is airborne. The president told Bob Woodward that it was. And there have been numerous news stories that six feet may not be a wide enough distance between virus spreaders and potential infectees because particles may stay suspended in the air.
This is not the first government draft report that has later been called wrong by the issuing authority. And it seems when the "final" report is issued, the issues that caused the controversy in the draft are watered down or gone altogether. Aren't the people who create the final report the same ones who create the draft report? Haven't these people been reviewing the information for months or years beforehand? How likely is it that they will learn something scientifically upending by the time they've issued a draft report? And finally, if something is so wrong, how does it get into print in the first place?