On August 11, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new corona guidelines. The US health authority is thus largely doing away with the recommendation that exposed and infected people continue to follow measures such as quarantine, isolation and testing.
The changes are the latest in a long line of anti-science measures by the agency. Thus the Joe Biden administration is tightening its “corona forever” policy and forcing the American population to live with the virus.
CDC expert Greta Masetti, a co-author of the new guidelines, reiterated the July White House statement at a news conference, specifically stating that “Covid-19 is here to stay.”
The changes come amid a month-long wave of four different omicron subvariants, with the most dangerous being the ba.5 subvariant. On average, more than 100,000 people have been officially infected daily in the US for the past three months. The actual number is between 500,000 and one million. The number of daily deaths again exceeded 500 on an average of seven days.
At the same time, virtually no action is being taken to prevent an unprecedented global outbreak of monkeypox, despite the fact that in the United States alone more than 11,000 people, including at least eight children, have been infected.
The timing of CDC guidelines coincides with the start of the new school year. The guidelines are intended to provide a pseudoscientific guarantee that schools will remain open, no matter how big the wave of contagion. A year and a half ago in January 2021, Masetti participated in a panel discussion with economist Emily Oster, one of the leading advocates of school reopening to promote open schools. At the time, the vast majority of the US population was not even vaccinated. A few days later, Oster held a similar event with Jay Bhattacharya, co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration.
The health authority is now recommending that exposed people no longer go into quarantine. Contact tracing and surveillance tests should be avoided in most cases. While the guidelines still maintain a (arbitrarily set) five-day isolation period for those infected, they are now waiving their “test-to-stay” recommendation. (It encouraged exposed students to stay in school until they tested negative.) This recommendation was also unscientific from the start. But now the new guidelines do not recommend testing or quarantine measures for vulnerable students. Instead, according to Masetti, exposed people should only wear a mask.
The same day the guidelines were issued, Senator Bernie Sanders called on White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. He advocated keeping schools open with the following words: “We must hope for a school year in which every child is in school, all day and all year. I think we are all capable of this and that is the only acceptable There should be a standard.” When Sanders made the absurd claim that “children don’t die from Covid-19,” Jha refrained from correcting him.
In fact, the CDC recorded more than 1,000 child deaths due to Covid-19 in the 2021-2022 school year. And this school year, some, though minimal, coronavirus protection was still present in Democratic Party-run school districts. This summer alone, more than 200 children have officially died of the virus. The number of children hospitalized at the height of the delta wave last September, even before schools could reopen.
CDC guidelines are built on a foundation of misinformation, hidden facts and outright lies. At its center is the agency’s claim, with which the White House also agrees, that there is no need for government safeguards to stop the spread of the disease as there are “tools” to prevent serious illness and death. Throughout the document, the focus is solely on the prevention of “medically significant” diseases, which means severe acute illnesses or chronic COVID cases.
However, data from the CDC indicates that each individual infection needs to be classified as “clinically significant.” The agency released a study last week showing the impact of COVID-19 on children. This suggests that children who have been infected with corona once are at a much higher risk of developing the deadly disease. Mentioned are: acute pulmonary embolism, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy, venous thromboembolism, acute renal failure and type 1 diabetes. There are also symptoms of paralysis such as smell and taste disorders, circulatory problems, fatigue and pain.
Government analyst Stuart Jones compiled a figure based on long-term data released by the CDC on the spread of COVID-19 imaginary extrapolationThis led to the following worrisome consequences: With the current mass infection policy of the government, which seeks to “live with corona forever”, after 20 to 30 years 70 to 90 percent of the population will suffer from chronic severe cases – COVID and will be considered disabled.
As for the “tools” that the Joe Biden administration claims are “living with the virus”—vaccines and therapeutics—these recurrent large-scale infections, reducing immunity and taking into account the virus’s evolutionary potential in hospitals. are ineffective against recruitment. Studies have already shown that the virus mutates in response to the antiviral Paxlovid. Viral resistance to the drug is “inevitable,” says scientist Dr. Eric Topol recently explained.
Another study released in July by the CDC showed that during two omicron waves last winter and spring, the vaccine’s efficacy declined sharply and was significantly less protective of hospitalizations. In subjects who received two doses, the safety from hospitalization at the time of Omicron-BA.1 decreased from 61 percent to 24 percent at the time of Omicron-BA.2. For those who received the third shot, the effectiveness dropped from 85 percent to 52 percent. All the more criminal is the fact that the latest CDC guidelines claim that two doses are sufficient.
The CDC and the White House recognize the enormous threat posed by viral growth. This creates new types that are more permeable, more immuno-resistant or more toxic, or possess a combination of these three properties.
In the above interview with Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jha states that “the virus is currently evolving very rapidly” and that “sub-variants appear every few months, and new major variants every 6-9 months”. He continued, “We’re updating our vaccines, we’re going to launch a whole new generation of vaccines this fall that are very specific to the current version.” ‘(A quick, twisted trajectory): ‘(…) a more serious virus, a more contagious virus. But I think in the long run, Senator, with the tools we have, which we’re constantly updating and improving, we’ll be able to fight the virus. ,
Admitting that the virus is “evolving very rapidly” it asserts that the government will be able to “stay ahead of the virus with updated vaccines”. Vaccines being developed for existing variants, by the time they are distributed, are unlikely to be effective against new variants. Meanwhile, the behaviors endorsed by the Biden administration are leading to a further rapid spread of the pandemic, thus accelerating the process of viral evolution that will sooner or later produce such “curveballs”.
The entire political establishment and the bourgeois media welcome the new CDC guidelines. Randy Weingarten, union president of the teachers’ union AFT, issued a press release saying: “We welcome these guidelines (…) Covid-19 and other viruses are still here, but there are many prevention and treatment options available now. This is not the right time for new measures.”
According to bourgeois commentators, guidelines reflect public opinion and behavior. But a public health agency’s job is to make recommendations that are scientific and support the claim of “disease control and prevention,” even if they contradict so-called public opinion.
Furthermore, population confusion and “epidemic fatigue” are a direct product of continued media hype and self-destructive CDC policy. Citing a few examples, the CDC has shortened isolation times for those infected to meet corporate needs. workers, they manipulated graphic maps for transmission in municipalities and allowed masks to be eliminated in local public transport.
The CDC is an instrument of the ruling class, closely associated with the Democrats and the Biden administration. In such a situation, now the authority has been completely discredited. The wording in their guidelines and press releases comes directly from a public relations policy made available to politicians by the polling agency Impact Research. To them, mid-term elections are more important than human health.
Since last winter’s Omicron wave, the Biden administration has abandoned its damage control policies and embraced the contagion policies practiced by fascist predecessor Donald Trump. Although the bourgeoisie may have strategic differences about how best to maintain its rule, it is completely united in a politics of perpetual mass transition and social murder. Almost all governments across the world, except China, are implementing similar deadly pandemic policies.
Politicians who make such decisions at the CDC and the White House have demonstrated their incompetence and reluctance to dictate public health. A “corona-forever” policy would be followed by a “monkeypox-forever” policy, and then each other for future pandemic agents.
To end this nightmare, it is not enough to replace individual individuals, but to replace the entire class running the society. Only the working class armed with revolutionary socialist policies can achieve this.
To do so, it must learn political lessons and build a much-needed mass movement of the working class. This must be done in defiance of the Democratic Party and out of the control of the pro-business union apparatus.
The International Workers’ Alliance of Action Committee (IWA-RFC) should be expanded to every workplace, region and country. This will lay the foundation for the mobilization of the working class to protect human life and transform society into its interests.