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A WaPo article stated that:

March 31
Federal officials debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public are responding to increasing evidence that infected people without symptoms can spread the coronavirus, according to internal memos provided to the White House by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The memos were drafted in recent days by the CDC and sent to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House coronavirus task force for consideration of masks as an additional measure to slow the pandemic.

If adopted by the coronavirus task force, the recommendations would represent a major change in official CDC guidance that healthy people don’t need masks or face coverings. The memos make clear the coverings under discussion are not medical masks, such as N95 respirators or surgical face masks, which are needed by front-line health-care workers and are in extremely short supply.

The office of the vice president, which is overseeing the task force, did not immediately return a request for comment. [...]

A memo dated Thursday noted that people “generate respiratory aerosols when speaking, coughing and sneezing” that can be inhaled by nearby individuals.

That and a more recent memo dated Monday refer generally to increasing evidence that people can spread the virus even when they feel well, often referred to as pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission. [...]

The Monday document suggested promotional “tag lines” the government could use if it recommended face coverings for the public: “COVID ends with me,” “My mask protects you and your mask protects me” and “I wear my mask to protect my community.”

My question is: have these (apparently two) CDC memos been officially published somewhere or should we consider them leaked?

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    They say the memos were “provided to the White House”. If they were published or provided to the press, I assume they’d say that. It would also be very strange to publish memos detailing an internal debate – divibisan Apr 2 at 4:09
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    @Fizz, if you can't find them, I can only conclude they have not been published. :) – Lag Apr 2 at 6:32
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    Um... Is this a politics question? – puppetsock Apr 2 at 14:17
  • So far I have not found them, but I'm still looking. – Chipster Apr 2 at 16:05
  • @puppetsock: why not? it's about documents sent by one government org to another. Presumably they can be FOIA'd at some point, but I'm guessing we might see an official announcement/version before that happens. – Fizz Apr 2 at 20:18

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