In spite of the mainstream media’s recent fear mongering about yet another COVID variant, interjected with random statistics on monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have quietly dropped guidelines regarding COVID screening and quarantines.
Recently, the CDC significantly relaxed its COVID guidelines, a surprising move given the fear-based narrative that usually dominates media discussions.
The changes reflect many that have long since been passed in Europe, the United Kingdom, and other areas, but the United States has been somewhat slower in dropping various restrictions that other ostensibly free nations have long since eschewed.
Moreover, the CDC’s updated guidelines also reflect the guidelines that various states around the nation have long since instituted, in particular conservative, common sense states that have followed the science, rather than the authoritarianism, throughout the entire pandemic.
Per data from the CDC, an estimated 95 percent or more of the population has acquired some degree of immunity from COVID, either from previous infection or from vaccination, according to various CDC officials.
For instance, CDC representative Greta Massetti indicates that “the current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years.”
As a result, the agency decided to drop some of its most cumbersome guidelines of all, such as the “test to stay” requirement that forced students to regularly test for COVID rather than quarantine in order to attend school.
As the quarantine recommendation vanished, so did the “test to stay” requirement.
Mask mandates are reserved only in areas where the transmission rate is deemed extremely high, or if the individual is considered to be at extremely high risk of illness.
Moreover, masks will remain optional across school districts when classes resume in the fall, with several of the nation’s largest districts eliminating COVID testing requirements.
For instance, public schools across Los Angeles are ending the requirement for students to test weekly for COVID, and they have opted to provide in-home tests to various families instead.
The recommendations are ultimately designed to keep students in the classroom more frequently, as noted by Joseph Allen, the Director of the Healthy Building Program at Harvard University.
“Entire classrooms of kids had to miss school if they were deemed a close contact,” Allen remarked, “the closed schools and learning disruption have been devastating.”
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