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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday the recommended quarantine for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 has been shortened from ten days to five.
The CDC said in a statement: “Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared Monday night on CNN to effectively endorse the CDC’s new guidance, and while some see the development as an early positive step to an eventual return to normalcy, liberals are losing their minds — it’s almost as of they don’t want to see the pandemic end.
Carl Bergstrom, a professor at the University of Washington whom NBC News labeled “a voice of clarity on the coronavirus,” led the charge in a series of tweets.
The CDC has reduced the isolation period after a positive test from 10 days to 5 days for asymptomatic individuals.
I like the idea of allowing people to exit isolation earlier than after ten days, but doing so without one or more negative tests seems odd.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) December 28, 2021
Overlooking the fact that getting tested is proving to be a challenge today, despite President Biden’s vow to provide millions of home tests, Bergstrom argued it was important because there is a “broad range of infectious periods, with a non-trivial fraction going well beyond five days.”
“Meanwhile here’s Fauci with pretty much the definition of penny-wise and pound-foolish, saying we need to send people back after 5 days because we can’t afford to have people off of work,” the professor tweeted.
Oh, and there was this tweet:
The CDC recommends having one more drink before calling your ex.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) December 28, 2021
Not lost on those taking issue with the change is the fact that just one week ago, Delta Air Lines chief executive asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to reduce quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals who experience breakthrough COVID-19 infections from 10 days to five.
CEO Ed Bastian cited the impact Omicron was having on the carrier’s workforce.
“With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the 10-day isolation for those who are fully vaccinated may significantly impact our workforce and operations,” Bastian said in a letter with airline medical advisors.
Six days ago, the CEO of Delta airlines requested the quarantine period for COVID infections be halved to five days, to ease the burden on their workforce.
When powerful corporate interests ask, they receive. pic.twitter.com/J6uBIRo0MA
— Aaron Lockhart 🇺🇸 (@arabbitorduck) December 28, 2021
Dear @CDCgov and @CDCDirector
You don't work for Delta Airlines.
You should not do what their CEO ask you to do.
This wasn't a health decision.
It was a political one.
You have made a serious mistake here.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 28, 2021
For example, every media outlet should include that Delta CEO Ed Bastain asked the CDC to reduce the recommended quarantine time from 10 days to 5 for vaccinated people because of workforce impact. That’s not a health decision. The media needs to frame it that way every time.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 28, 2021
Just last week, the NFL shortened the return-to-play process for players who have tested positive.
“To this point, vaccinated players and coaches could return once they tested negative twice with at least 24 hours in between, as long as they had no symptoms,” the left-leaning sports network ESPN reported. “Unvaccinated players who tested positive were required to sit out 10 days. In most cases, this was a distinction without a difference. Only about 20% of vaccinated players who tested positive were able to return in less than 10 days.”
With employers struggling to maintain a sufficiently staffed workforce — in part because of vaccine mandates — Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the concern was not having so many people out at the same time.
“The reason is that with the sheer volume of new cases that we are having and that we expect to continue with Omicron, one of the things we want to be careful of is that we don’t have so many people out,” Fauci said of the CDC’s new guidelines.
That take didn’t go over too well online:
— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) December 28, 2021
.@CDCgov is saying “we need people back to work quicker even if they are still sick.” Is this based on public health and science? Or is this in response to corporations like Delta who asked for shorter times?
This decision is made as Omicron cases rise. https://t.co/inCPt7MbNk https://t.co/UKtsr46gh8
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 28, 2021
We’ve gone from firing essential unvaccinated workers to allowing infected vaccinated essential workers to stay on the job in record time and @Acosta doesn’t challenge him on it at all. https://t.co/bjhOcxaTU0
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) December 28, 2021
“We won’t do shit to protect public health. Just get your ass out there to infect other people, infect your own family when you come home, and then just fucking die. It’s what your boss told us he wants, so that’s what it’s gonna be.”
– US Public Health Authorities https://t.co/q5UhQ0farX
— Hillary Fan (@HillaryFan420) December 28, 2021
Indicted for mass murder of the working class. https://t.co/Asg4DLWqqU
— Richard Estes (@oshima9) December 28, 2021
Don’t go back until you feel well, and test negative. If everything they’ve said about ongoing labor shortages is true—they can’t afford to lose you. Resist. Revolt. You are not grist for the capital mill, you are a person. You deserve so much better. https://t.co/VGTSp11Hd5
— Bog Witch Energy (@nohomelikeplace) December 28, 2021
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