New COVID-19 recommendations from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky have caused some to doubt whether public health officials are making determinations based on science or general opinion.
Here we go. Fauci says one thing and Walensky of CDC says another about isolation. Is it 5 or is it 10. No wonder people are confused and don't believe the Biden Administration. Biden is being destroyed by his incompetence and that of his appointees. pic.twitter.com/VtYDmmJAmH— genuke1🦊🐎 (@genuke1) January 3, 2022
During a Sunday interview with CNN host Dana Bash, Fauci said the CDC might publish a new re-testing guidance for those who want to leave isolation after five days, even while the country faces a lack of rapid testing kits.
Fauci’s remarks came a week after the CDC trimmed its recommended isolation and quarantine period for positive COVID-19 people from 10 to five days if they have resolving symptoms, after which they are asked to wear masks in public for an additional five days.
The new guidance brought ire from some who claimed the CDC’s shifting guidance
is being impacted by external opinion.
“The Biden Admin CDC has done this nearly every step of the way with COVID,” tweeted Dr. Nicole Saphier. “They put forth a recommendation and within a week change it because of external pressure. If they are following the science, this wouldn’t happen. In 2022 we need less politics and more science.”
Can anyone let me know where in the Constitutions does it give FauXi the authority to dictate to America when they are able to move about freely, earn a living, run a business, go to school, eat at a restaurant or visit with family & friends?https://t.co/IMaQk7zYdz— Curtis Hebert (@CurtisHebert) January 3, 2022
“As a result of external political pressure, the CDC and FDA have become compromised and have very little credibility at this point,” Saphier also tweeted.
Fauci also told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that “The CDC is very well aware there has been some pushback about that. Looking at it again, there may be an option in that that testing could be a part of that. And I think we’re going to be hearing more about that in the next day or so from the CDC.”
“So public opinion determines [CDC] policy?? How scientific…” tweeted Tom Borelli, Ph.D. in response to Fauci’s new guidance.
“We already knew that Biden’s CDC took its cues from Dem special interest groups, and now Fauci is basically conceding that under Biden, ‘pushback’ from the left on twitter matters more than what the science says. How is this anything other than putting politics over science?” wrote GOP rapid response director Tommy Pigott.
Since we can only post totally factual info about Covid on Twitter without being banned I want to choose my words carefully here.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 3, 2022
1. The vaccines don’t actually vaccinate.
2. Fauci spreads Covid misinformation.
3. We are not ruled by the CDC.
4. Mandates are unconstitutional.
Last week, Walensky told CNN that the new guidelines, in addition to being guided by the science of how the virus is spreading, were also a result of what public health officials believed people could “tolerate.”
“We have seen relatively low rates of isolation for all of this pandemic. Some science has demonstrated that less than a third of people are isolating when they need to. And so we really want to make sure that we had guidance in this moment where we were going to have a lot of disease that could be adhered to, that people were willing to adhere to,” Walensky added.