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August 15, 2022 COVID Views

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Hold On! CDC Says COVID No Longer Needs to Disrupt Our Daily Lives … But What Really Changed?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said the agency “streamlined” its COVID-19 guidance so the public can better protect itself — but what really changed?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a press release last week said the agency “streamlined” its COVID-19 guidance so the public can better protect itself.

Of note, the CDC did not mention any different recommendations for unvaccinated individuals than for those who got the jab. Why not?

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools — like vaccination, boosters and treatments — to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” said Greta Massetti, Ph.D., MPH, a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report author.

According to Massetti:

“We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation. This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”

Hold on a moment — what new tools is she talking about? We’ve had vaccines for 20 months, boosters for over a year and “treatments” from very early on (if one considers those that the CDC never acknowledged).

Was the CDC against high-quality masks, testing and improved ventilation prior to this bulletin?

What exactly has changed? Are daily cases plummeting?

No, they aren’t much different than they were in the fall of 2021, and are significantly higher than the summer lulls over the past two years:

covid rates cdc chart
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

But more importantly, why does the CDC now regard the unvaccinated in the same way as the jabbed?

Let’s look at the CDC’s COVID-19 death rates in age groups from 18 to 80 (there are too few deaths in people under the age of 18 to report):

18 to 29:

covid death rates 18-29
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

30 to 49:

covid death rates 30-49
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

50 to 64:

covid death rates 50-64
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

65 to 79:

covid death rates 65-79
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

People over 80:

covid death rates 80
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 death rates are nearly the same in all age groups reported whether or not a person is vaccinated.

It would be very hard for the CDC to have different guidelines based on vaccination status if there were no benefit to getting jabbed. Isn’t this the real reason for the “streamlined” guidance?

Oh, and one last question for you, Greta: These data are three months old — would you care to tell us how the vaccinated are faring compared to the unvaccinated now?

Or won’t this be necessary now that there are no longer any special impositions placed on the unvaccinated?

One thing is for sure: If this has become a “pandemic of the vaccinated,” we certainly don’t want to see the data that proves it.

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