The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance to shorten the recommended isolation period for breakthrough COVID-19 cases. And it led to a flurry of online memes.
In one statement On Tuesday, the CDC announced that the 10-day quarantine period would be shortened to five days for people without symptoms.
“Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended isolation period from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if there are no symptoms, followed by five days of wearing a mask around other people. ,” the agency said.
Users on Twitter and other social media platforms responded to the news by acting as CDCs and sharing their own announcements. Given that many feel that the CDC’s decision is counterproductive, each tweet that comes out is more ridiculous than the last.
“CDC just announced that you don’t really have to wash your hands, just wet your fingers a bit,” wrote @ArielDumas.
Another user took on the Internet’s current obsession with the Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedian. Pete Davidson to critique the agency.
“CDC announced they are dating pete davidson,” added @TheirMaddesty.
Other references are also made to pop culture, including the iconic movie franchise Jurassic Park.
“CDC just announced that you can re-fill the theme park with dinosaurs if you really learned your lesson last time,” @MNateShyamalan said.
And for those wondering, you’ll certainly be allowed to text your ex as the new year hits, at least according to @SamanthaWeiner1 (The Daily Dot advises against this).
“CDC just announced that it’s possible to text your ex ‘Happy New Year, just thinking of you :)’ at 12:01 a.m. on January 1,” she tweeted.
The mockery of CDC health decisions seems to have no end like countless Twitter users joined in.
“CDC announced that I didn’t have to tell anyone else on the team that a zombie bit me a few miles away,” @Chinchillazllla said.
Despite accusations that the CDC’s decision was made to placate the airline industry and its profits — or just give up fighting the pandemic altogether — the agency said the update reflects the science that’s been going on. develop.
“This shift is driven by science that demonstrates that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, typically in the 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms, and 2-3 days before the onset of symptoms. day after that. Therefore, people who test positive should be isolated for five days, and if there are no symptoms at that time, they can be isolated if they can continue to wear a mask for five days to minimize the risk. infect others”.
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* First published: December 29, 2021, 8:25 a.m. CST
Mikael Thalen is a technology and security reporter based in Seattle covering social media, data breaches, hackers, etc.
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