This week has not been a good one for the usually-venerable CDC, and Americans may very well be beginning to lose their patience with the organization.
That’s because, just a few days ago, the CDC decided to drastically adjust the time-limit on COVID quarantines, allowing those who test positive but remain symptomless to reenter society after 5 days instead of the previously-suggested 10. And, to top it off, those folks would not need to produce a negative test to do so.
The shocking decision was then revealed to have come at the behest of the CEO of Delta Airlines, of all people, and was not instigated by a doctor or other health professional at the CDC.
On Wednesday, the CDC made another dramatic adjustment to their figures, but is anyone going to believe that this change came for the correct reasons?
Alarms that the hyper-contagious omicron variant accounted for the vast majority of new COVID-19 infections over the past couple of weeks were significantly overestimated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Trending:
New data released on Tuesday shows that while omicron remains the dominant variant, delta — which is the more severe strain — is still a worrisome driving force behind the current surge.
The CDC had previously reported that as of Dec. 18, 73% of new cases were linked to omicron. But on Tuesday, the agency revised those figures, slashing that estimate to 23% — a 50-point drop, suggesting that while the new variant was on the rise, it was not infecting people at the rate the CDC had projected.
Then, in a very “no duh” sort of moment.
“There’s no way around it, it is a huge swing that makes it seem like something went really wrong,” Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, told NPR. “But there is always a delay in the testing information that comes in, and that’s what the public should take away.”
No word yet as to whether or not these new figures came from the CDC’s scientist or some random CEO somewhere.