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Thu May 28, 2020, 11:54 PM

White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance

Source: Washington Post

White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance

By Lena H. Sun and Josh Dawsey
5/28/2020, 8:07:24 p.m.

The Trump administration with no advance notice removed warnings contained in guidance for the reopening of houses of worship that singing in choirs can spread the coronavirus.

Last Friday, the administration released pandemic guidance for faith communities after weeks of debate flared between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those guidelines posted on the CDC website included recommendations that religious communities “consider suspending or at least decreasing use of choir/musical ensembles and congregant singing, chanting, or reciting during services or other programming, if appropriate within the faith tradition.”

It added: “The act of singing may contribute to transmission of Covid-19, possibly through emission of aerosols.”

By Saturday, that version was replaced by updated guidance that no longer includes any reference to choirs or congregant singing and the risk for spreading virus. The altered guidance also deleted a reference to “shared cups” among items, including hymnals and worship rugs, that should not be shared. The updated guidelines also added language that said the guidance “is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment.”

Two White House officials said the first version posted by the CDC was not approved by the White House. Once West Wing officials saw it, they asked the CDC to post a different cleared document without the choir references and other parts.

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Docreed2003 May 28 #1
RKP5637 May 29 #2
Beartracks May 29 #3
PoindexterOglethorpe May 29 #4
Bretton Garcia Jun 1 #5

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 11:57 PM

1. How many people are an acceptable sacrifice

At the alter of the evangelical vote

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 29, 2020, 12:09 AM

2. Well, that is certainly going the bring the religious numbers in the US down. We look

like damn fools to the rest of the world.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 29, 2020, 12:10 AM

3. Why does the CDC kowtow to dangerous, unscientific pressure?

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #3)

Fri May 29, 2020, 12:14 AM

4. My question exactly.

It's horrifying the way the CDC has not pushed back all along.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 1, 2020, 03:46 PM

5. If you let all Christians hug and kiss

During a plague, if they insist? After a while you probably won't have to listen to their complaints so much.

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