COVID-19 Update: CDC Ignored

Ken AshfordEbola/Zika/COVID-19 Viruses, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment



NC and local:

As you probably know, a small number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 later test positive for the virus. The latest example of this was some sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Today, however, we got some good news on that front:

Scientists from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 285 Covid-19 survivors who had tested positive for the coronavirus after their illness had apparently resolved, as indicated by a previous negative test result. The so-called re-positive patients weren’t found to have spread any lingering infection, and virus samples collected from them couldn’t be grown in culture, indicating the patients were shedding non-infectious or dead virus particles.

So once you recover, it’s safe to go out in public. What’s more, there’s little danger of relapse once your immune system has produced the antibodies necessary to kill the virus. Good news indeed.

On the other hand, it’s clear that as we are opening against CDC guidelines.

Guidelines to reopen the US drafted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that were shelved by the Trump administration are far more strict and detailed than the White House’s own road map toward a return to normal, a CNN review found.On Wednesday, CNN obtained the document, which expands on a 17-page draft report that CNN reported on last week. A senior CDC official told CNN at the time that the White House does not plan on implementing the agency’s guidelines, despite the full report being the result of a request from the White House’s coronavirus task force, specifically Dr. Deborah Birx.The Associated Press first reported on the full CDC guidance.The 68 pages of public health surveillance and modeling examine how Americans can safely and slowly return to normal life. While some of the advice is consistent with the White House’s “Guidelines: Opening Up America Again,” the document contains additional details on what is needed for schools, businesses, communities of faith, mass transportation and travel to resume successfully.