JC at his best

In what looks a whole lot like the CDC taking advantage of the public’s focus on the Biden Raid, and just in time to allow a few months for people to calm down before the midterm elections, the United States’s “Gold Standard” public health agency effectively ended all of its most serious covid restrictions yesterday.

CDC is updating its guidance to help you better understand how best to protect yourself and others from #COVID19. Learn more:
NPR summarized the changes in a nifty infographic:

The update isn’t a huge overhaul of the existing guidance, but it does represent an increasing focus on individuals making their own decisions about their level of risk and how they want to mitigate that risk, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the @ASTHO.
New COVID-19 guidance from CDC focuses on individual decisions

Those exposed to the virus are no longer required to quarantine.
Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people.
Students can stay in class after being exposed to the virus.
It’s no longer recommended to screen those without symptoms.
August 11th 2022

Not only that, but the CDC also ended “test to stay,” which means that students exposed to covid aren’t even recommended to take a test. So if your school district continues testing, they are “going against” the CDC, the gold standard. Get ready to hear all the screeching from some hysterical teachers and their unions threatening to quit.

There’s a lot to say about this. But maybe the most remarkable is NPR’s third bullet point: “Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people.”

How about that.

Why? What changed? You better believe outraged reporters ran that one down. Rochelle Walensky couldn’t make it, apparently, so Greta Massetti, director of the CDC’s Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, answered the question at a press conference:

Natural infection! This may be the very first official recognition from the CDC that natural infection provides comparable protection to the jabs. It’s better, of course, but the CDC hasn’t even admitted this much until now.

But look closer at her statement. She said, “Both prior infection and vaccination confer SOME protection against severe illness.” SOME protection. “Some.”

In other words, they aren’t saying the jabs confer “good protection” anymore. Just “some.”

If I’d taken the jab last year based on the government’s assurances at that time, I’d be pretty hot about all this. It sure seems like people who took the jab got gypped. They believed the shots were VASTLY superior to natural infection — because the government said so. Not anymore, apparently.

Who’s going to restore the reputations of all the scientists who got booted from Facebook and Twitter for saying natural infection was just as good as the jabs?

Anyway, this change in recommendations is HUGE. All the local governments and private employers who treat their unvaccinated people differently now find themselves opposed to CDC guidance. In other words, employers don’t have cover from the CDC anymore. And since the feds are signaling they don’t want these restrictions interfering with the elections by reminding people of government overreach, employers better believe the EEOC will also not cover for them.

Let the lawsuits begin against employers who are still discriminating against unvaccinated workers! This is the day we’ve been waiting for.

Finally, in the same presser, Dr. Massetti also said that recommendations “such as the healthcare guidance, travel guidance, and guidance for congregate settings at high risk of transmission, will be updated by CDC in the coming week or so.”

So it looks like a certain unvaccinated tennis star may be able to play in the U.S. Open after all.

Covid-philes on Twitter were outraged by the CDC’s sudden betrayal! It’s not the Gold Standard anymore! They’re political hacks! This pandemic isn’t over! Everyone is immunocompromised since about ten minutes ago! Here are a few examples from posters having hundreds or thousands of followers:

Emma Crocker, DNP, RN

@NPR I truly hate this. As a nurse this puts me and my colleagues in so much danger. We are exhausted and y’all at the @CDCgov keep piling on. You are doing nothing to help the healthcare frontline workers. Absolutely nothing.
August 11th 2022


@CDCgov You’ve got to be kidding me. Right before school starts? The Fall semester is going to be a mess. Can we PLEASE fire @CDCDirector?
August 11th 2022

Cosmic Playtester

@CDCgov “CDC is updating its guidance after input from business interests and commercial landlords.” Fixed it for you.
August 11th 2022

I don’t know quite what to say about these folks except I feel a profound sympathy for them; their brains were broken by military-level psyops during the pandemic.