The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a guide to “inclusive communication,” cautioning against using words like “prisoner,” “smoker,” “illegal immigrant,” “disabled,” or “without. -abri ”which, according to the agency, could involve a reprimand. or stigma. The opening line of the guide says, “We must confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to inequalities in health.” “
The CDC, in other words, is now about tackling “inequities” – not controlling and preventing disease.
The agency urges employees to use “they” instead of gendered pronouns like him, even when referring to a single person. And to refer to “parents” or “future parents”, instead of mothers or fathers. Oh, and avoid the word “stakeholder” as it can have “violent connotations” to some tribes.
After making the hundreds of language changes recommended by the CDC, who has time to keep up with and beat COVID-19?
The CDC suffers from the confusion of missions. With parts of the United States considering more COVID lockdowns, Americans don’t need lessons in political correctness. They need scientific information on how to reduce the risk of getting infected with this virus inside.
This is the key to reopening workplaces and getting back to normalcy.
Many new technologies are said to destroy airborne viruses including ionization, dry hydrogen peroxide, far UVC light and others. But school administrators and office building managers have no idea which ones actually work. They fly blind.
The thousands of scientists at the CDC could provide advice. Not that they have to endorse specific brands, but they can assess competing technologies. The CDC categorically refuses to do so. Instead, he cautions against their use because they lack “an established body of peer-reviewed evidence.”
What planet is the CDC on? Peer-reviewed evidence can take years develop. Here’s the process: An academic journal sends a submitted article to scientists around the world for review and suggestions for changes. Once this contribution is received and the article approved, the wait continues, as many of these journals only publish four times a year.
Ice slow doesn’t work in a pandemic. This is why former President Donald Trump designed Operation Warp Speed for vaccines. The CDC’s calendar is not chain speed. It’s just distorted. And that will doom us to failure.
Former Food, Drug and Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told the Washington Post last week that “the mindset of the CDC is, ‘We should tweak it, check it, l ‘peer review. “
No wonder the CDC has 50-year-old information: open windows, space desks, and use HEPA filters whenever possible. HEPA filters were designed during World War II and marketed in the 1950s.
The proven methods are not necessarily wrong. But the public also deserves the latest scientific advances.
Eighteen months after the start of the pandemic, giant employers like Apple and Amazon are delaying the reopening of workplaces. According to Kastle Systems, only 31% of American office workers are back. New York City is much worse, with just 22% decline. It is killing the retail stores, cafes and restaurants that serve workers.
If it was possible to get back to normal without technological breakthroughs, this would have happened already. Eric Adams, possibly the city’s next mayor, needs scientific information on how to reduce the aerosolized COVID-19 virus in transportation hubs, public buildings, offices and schools.
Gottlieb urged the FDA to establish a quick way to determine what works and what doesn’t. The CDC should do the same, using its own scientists.
As for schools, a CDC study of 169 Georgia K-5 schools found that COVID cases were reduced more by improving air quality than any other intervention.
A Kaiser Health News headline in June read, “More than 100 schools in Missouri have purchased ‘often unproven’ air purification technology. The words “often unproven” come from the CDC guidelines. If school districts are in desperation rushing to buy materials without enough information, blame the CDC, not the school administrators.
Peer-reviewed research on this equipment does not yet exist. That’s why scientists at the CDC should get to work evaluating new technologies themselves, instead of writing speech manuals.
If the CDC wants to be politically correct, it can call its new air quality guidelines “indoor environmentalism.”