Saturday, May 13, 2023

CDC's Revised Guidelines

Something important to get our heads around is why the CDC suddenly announced specifically what we need to do to prevent the spread of Covid. Like, where were they before?? And what a coincidence that it happened right after the WHO said we're no longer in a state of emergency!!

Maybe it's because the WHO declared the emergency over that they could finally speak the truth.

If we're in a state of emergency, and the CDC said children can be adversely affected (dying at over 5 times the rate of death of the flu), and we must all wear masks to protect one another, then the government would be obliged to provide these necessary protections, and workplace standards would be revised, and employers could be held liable. So it's not like the CDC just finally found out about it all. I think it more likely that they knew, but were keeping quiet so as not to upset the apple cart.

It's all about insurance. Seriously, the insurance industry pretty much rules the world. 

So, now that it's "safe" to actually say it, here are the CDC's recommendations -- that we don't have to do because we're not in a state of emergency, but it would be a really good idea to do them to actually save lives. Keep in mind the CDC is American, but their recommendations tend to bubble up to affect us too.

Advice for children:

"During the school year, kids tend to get sick more often--and spread germs to their friends and classmates. Covid-19 can cause serious health problems, so it's more important than ever to protect your child's health. . . . Masks also help to prevent children from spreading Covid-19 to other people around them. Make sure the mask covers your child's nose and mouth."

Advice for schools:

"Schools with students at risk for getting very sick with Covid-19 must make reasonable modifications or accommodations when necessary to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, are able to access in-person learning."

All public buildings need to improve ventilation

  • at least 5 air changes each hour 
  • upgrade to MERV13 filters
  • keep the HVAC system on "ON" at all times, not "auto:
  • add in more fresh air by opening windows, even just a crack
  • use air cleaners (CR boxes or HEPA) that fit the size of the room and are well placed
  • install upper room UV treatments
  • use portable CO2 monitors to let the public know if over 800 ppm
BUT, according to ASHRAE standards, schools need to have more than 8 air changes/hour! This is three times current standards. 

We ALL need to wear masks

"Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator consistently and correctly reduces the risk of spreading the virus that causes Covid-19. At a high Covid-19 hospital admission level, universal indoor masking in schools and ECE programs is recommended, as it is in the community at large. . . .  Anyone who chooses to wear a mask or respirator should be supported in their decision to do so at any Covid-19 hospital admission level."

(FYI - Grand River Hospital is currently experiencing an outbreak.)


Lorne said...

I think I may have recommended this book to you before, Marie: The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. If you want to get a good look at the 'cautiousness' of the CDC, Michael Lewis offers some insights. Politics permeates everything, even bodies supposedly devoted to protecting the health of the public.

Marie Snyder said...

Yes it in my TBR pile! To a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but to a former history teacher, I swear everything looks like a precursor to the shoah. The bureaucracy that enables people to divorce themselves from the atrocities they're part of, as Hannah Arendt documented, can have horrific consequences.