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CNN medical expert gets abruptly fact-checked on mask mandates: 'The polls changed'


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'the science has changed'

CNN medical expert and former Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen incited mockery on social media after she claimed Monday that mask mandates are no longer necessary because "the science has changed."

Wen's comments came after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) announced that mask mandates for schools in each state would soon end.

What did Wen say?

Speaking on CNN, Wen explained that she agreed with New Jersey's and Delaware's decisions because, in part, "the science has changed."

"There was, and is, a time and place for pandemic restrictions. But when they were put in, it was always with the understanding that they would be removed as soon as we can," Wen said. "And, in this case, circumstances have changed — case counts are declining. Also, the science has changed."

Wen, however, did not address what "science" has changed, or what "science" once showed that mask mandates in schools were absolutely necessary.

Perhaps most ironic about Wen's interview is that she said the conversation about face masks must now shift from government mandates to "individual responsibility."

"In this case, I'm not saying — I don’t think anyone, really, is saying — that no one should ever wear masks. But rather that the responsibility should shift from a government mandate imposed from the state or the local district of the school ... it should shift to an individual responsibility by the family, who can still decide that their child can wear a mask if needed."


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