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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drawn much criticism after it cut the length of quarantine time to five days as the Omicron variant sweeps the nation and the agency’s “confusing” guidelines have resulted in a rebuke by the American Medical Association.
In a blistering rebuke to an agency that has often struggled to formulate a consistent message on the COVID pandemic, AMA President Gerald E. Harmon put out a statement, slamming the CDC for its new isolation guidance which he called “confusing” and “counterproductive.”
People with #COVID19 can still be infectious after 5 days of isolation. A negative test should be required for ending isolation after one tests positive — reemerging without knowing one’s status unnecessarily risks further transmission of the virus. https://t.co/Wj5y4YrVYm
— AMA (@AmerMedicalAssn) January 5, 2022
According to Harmon, “Nearly two years into this pandemic, with Omicron cases surging across the country, the American people should be able to count on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for timely, accurate, clear guidance to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. Instead, the new recommendations on quarantine and isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus.”
The organization, which has an active membership of over a quarter of a million physicians, medical students and residents and carries significant influence warns that the lower threshold to exit quarantine could lead to the overwhelming of hospitals.
“According to the CDC’s own rationale for shortened isolation periods for the general public, an estimated 31 percent of people remain infectious 5 days after a positive COVID-19 test. With hundreds of thousands of new cases daily and more than a million positive reported cases on January 3, tens of thousands—potentially hundreds of thousands of people—could return to work and school infectious if they follow the CDC’s new guidance on ending isolation after five days without a negative test,” Harmon wrote.
“Physicians are concerned that these recommendations put our patients at risk and could further overwhelm our health care system,” he added.
The AMA called for a negative COVID test to be required prior to exiting quarantine, saying, “Reemerging without knowing one’s status unnecessarily risks further transmission of the virus,” while acknowledging the scarcity of tests, 500,000 of which were promised by President Joe Biden as a key component of his strategy to combat Omicron, “but a dearth of tests at the moment does not justify omitting a testing requirement to exit a now shortened isolation.”
The CDC’s decision was roasted by many on Twitter who vehemently disagreed with the reduction at a time when cases are skyrocketing and users took to the platform to opine on the AMA’s smackdown.
Strange to feel like the AMA is a stronger voice for public health than the CDC… “The new recommendations on quarantine & isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus,” the American Medical Association said in a statement” https://t.co/akmc9wgw45
— Dr Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) January 6, 2022
Is Twitter going to ban the American Medical Association for going against the CDC?
— christian cheetham (@ccheetham83) January 5, 2022
The swindle is falling apart & the swindlers are now arguing. What’s more corrupt, the CDC or the AMA? Both need $$$ to operate while they destroy our communities & lives with their terror based existence.
After this phony ‘pandemic’ – these ‘institutions’ should be dismantled.
— BadAttitudeMan (@BadAttitudeMan) January 5, 2022
This should help unconfuse things even more.
— Andy Roo Mowery (@andyroomowery) January 6, 2022
As for CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, like her National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases counterpart Dr. Anthony Fauci, she is basking in the glow of the celebrity status that has been bestowed upon her, most recently with an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show” with smarmy leftist host Stephen Colbert.
The arrival and rapid spread of Omicron has dealt yet another blow to the credibility of the “experts” as well as to President Biden who cynically oversold his ability to contain the virus to an easily bamboozled electorate that only now is beginning to realize that they were hoodwinked.
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