In July 2020, Rochelle Walensky wrote a letter telling members of the Newton, Massachusetts City Council that “if people are masked it is quite safe and much more practical to be at 3 feet,” in relation to the reopening of America’s schools. After joining rank with the Biden administration, however, the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director changed her tune, telling reporters on Feb. 12 that “schools should require physical distancing of at least six feet.”
Biden announced the appointment of Walensky as the new director of the CDC on Dec. 7. The Harvard professor took the position from Robert R. Redfield, who was appointed under the leadership of President Trump.
Walensky was a professor of medicine and chief of infectious disease at Harvard University when she released that statement, making it further unclear as to how the seasoned professional could have changed her position so quickly. It seems in some ways that Walensky has been forced