The CDC supports the companies’ demands to force the sick back to work

On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for isolation and quarantine periods, halving the recommended isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days. Those who are exposed to someone with the virus are encouraged to quarantine only for five days if it is “feasible”, or not at all if they have received a third “booster” shot.

The guide means that five days after they have been tested positive or after being exposed to someone who has tested positive, workers are expected to return to work if they have no symptoms. No reference is made to the need for workers to test negative for COVID-19 before re-entering the workforce.

The guidance will only strengthen demands from employers that sick workers must return to work. On Monday, tens of thousands of people retweeted a Twitter post of an infected worker reporting that she was asked to come to work by her employer, with hundreds of service, retail, transportation and health workers and even soldiers commenting , that they were asked to do the same.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor of the White House and Director of NIAID and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Monday, December 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Combined with a nationwide test shortage, the CDC’s new policies will only deepen the already massive wave of pandemics driven by the more transmissible and immune-evasive Omicron variant. It has been known since the start of the pandemic that people infected with COVID-19 can transmit the virus even when they are not symptomatic.

Over the past two weeks, the seven-day average of daily new cases in the United States has more than doubled, from 120,563 to 266,563, primarily due to Omicron. According to data collected by, the United States published a shocking 472,000 COVID-19 cases on Monday.

The movement was met with overwhelming condemnation by public health experts and with ridicule by the public as a capitulation to corporate demands that will lead to mass infections. Millions saw clearly that the CDC’s change in policy was dictated by corporate interests and represents the recent abandonment of its responsibility to protect public health.

Computer researcher Dr. Jorge Caballero wrote: “I have lost all respect for the CDC.” Scientist Eric Topol tweeted a blank page to represent “data that supports” the CDC’s position. Virologist Angela Rasmussen called the decision “ruthless and frankly stupid.”

One of the most widespread criticisms of the policy change was from cardiologist Dr. Haitham Ahmed, who wrote: “The CDC shortened the quarantine period from 10 to 5 days. They felt that this gets workers back faster and ‘minimizes disruption’. Apart from the median viral excretion is> 5 days and that is the start of an increase. CDC is not the center of trade and business. It is the center of DISEASE CONTROL. “

There is no public health basis for the CDC’s new recommendations. Rather, they were clearly determined by the needs of companies, which are facing an increasingly severe shortage of staff. The aviation industry in particular had lobbied the CDC over the past week to change its guidelines, as thousands of flights have been canceled due to mass infections among staff.

In addition to this overt corporate lobbying from the top public health agency, there is an article in Washington Post noted that the CDC “was concerned that the large number of infections could mean that tens of thousands of police, firefighters, grocery workers and other key workers would be out of work.”


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