At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s truly no wonder why so many Americans have legitimate questions. The latest round of controversy surrounding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came after the agency made a monumental change to its pandemic guidance last week.
According to the Daily Caller, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, came under heavy fire after she admitted during a Good Morning America interview that PCR COVID-19 tests can stay positive for up to 12 weeks.
Because of that revelation, under new CDC guidance, a negative PCR test is no longer required to leave quarantine, with Walensky admitting, “We would have people in isolation for a very long time if we were relying on PCRs.”
In other words, for nearly two years now, Americans have taken extreme isolation and lockdown measures upon testing positive for the virus, even though presumably a large number of those positive tests were likely false or inaccurate, given that their infection might have dissipated days or weeks prior.
It’s not surprising
A number of doctors who can think for themselves and not rely on talking points handed to them by the Biden administration have warned for some time that PCR tests can be “oversensitive.”
But as we’ve seen over the course of the pandemic, that kind of information was nothing less than juicy, low-hanging fruit for so-called “fact-checkers” deployed by social media companies, who often removed or censored legitimate COVID-19 guidance and content from actual doctors and scientists who dared speak out.
This means that for the past 21 months, people sat home for extra days and weeks because their test came back with an irrelevant positive. We didn’t know this 6, 12, 18 months ago? Really?
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 29, 2021
Thanks to the CDC not keeping Americans up to date with the latest revelations, one can barely fathom the cumulative time lost by millions of people who believed they were still positive for the virus, in some cases weeks and months after their initial positive results.
New quarantine rules
Causing even more confusion and outrage was another move by Walensky’s CDC in which the agency cut the quarantine or isolation time from 10 days, as it has been for nearly two years now, suddenly down to five days, even as the mild omicron variant continues to spread across the country.
According to NPR, the CDC revised the timeline as apparently COVID-19 only spreads during the first few days after symptoms appear.
“Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others,” the CDC wrote.
With these profound changes, it’s not surprising that millions of Americans have even more questions now, and have undoubtedly lost confidence in the one agency that is supposed to ensure our safety and be up to date at all times.