CDC Backtracks, Makes MAJOR Admission in Contagiousness of COVID-19

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CDC Backtracks, Makes MAJOR Admission in Contagiousness of COVID-19
https://redrightpatriot.com/cdc-backtracks-makes-major-admission-in-contagiousness-of-covid-19

By Paul Duke
May 20, 2020

While it may feel as though we’ve been trapped in a coronavirus closet for years on end, the global pandemic that we are currently mired in has only been going on for a few short weeks.

This means that, believe it or not, we still have a whole lot to learn about the highly contagious virus, and what we can and cannot do to prevent its spread.

For instance, just today the CDC made a major revision in regard to how they view the ability of this viral menace to live on inanimate objects and common, non-biological surfaces.
For those of you still wiping down groceries and other packages amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, breathe a sigh of relief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the novel virus “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects” — but experts warn that doesn’t mean it’s no longer necessary to take “practical and realistic” precautions in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Though it’s not exactly clear when, the federal health agency appears to have recently changed its guidelines from early March that simply said it “may be possible” to spread the virus from contaminated surfaces. The CDC now includes “surfaces or objects” under a section that details ways in which the coronavirus does not readily transmit.
Other ways in which the virus does not easily spread is from animals to people, or from people to animals, the federal agency said on its updated page.
“COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads,” according to the CDC.
This news could be a game changer not only for grocery store shoppers, but for a number of other essential and non-essential interactions alike.
 

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When no one knows the solution to a problem, a good way to handle it is a "better safe than sorry" approach. Fudge factors and redundancy shouldn't be anything new with us rocket-type people.
 

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"Red Right Patriot's" title makes it sound as though the CDC was wrong at first, and had to own up to being wrong. No. This is how science works.

In science, when you get more data you may have to revise your hypothesis. The CDC first said it "may be possible" to spread the virus from contaminated surfaces. Lacking enough data at the time, this was surely the prudent statement to make, since the health of every person on Earth is at stake.

Over the last couple months they've collected a lot of data, and apparently the data shows that spread of the virus from surfaces or objects is unlikely. I suspect it took an awful lot of lab experimentation to be reasonably certain of the revised statement. (I'll have to ask my brother-in-law about it. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and has worked at the CDC on various contagious diseases for the last 30 years.)

The redrightpatriot site ought to put in a retraction, admitting that they don't know how science works, and wanted to show the CDC in the worst possible light.

Best -- Terry
 

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With this new information, maybe the push for electronic flight cards might not be as urgent as previously thought. Still shouldn't be abandoned thought.
 

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Everyone is misinterpreting the CDC announcement. I want to stress on thing before you start licking the outside of the bags of groceries and abandoning the hand sanitizer. The CDC said it is not as contagious through surfaces as they originally said, They are not saying it is not passed through surfaces.

As of Friday the CDC Clarified this statement:

The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person. Based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
This (surfaces) is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.
The "main way" and "a way" are two different things. Cases and clusters have been tied to common areas and physical contact with surfaces. A cluster of 8 happened at a gas station. The clerk tested negative. I can't figure that one out. I would suggest they you still keep using the sanitizer
 

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Terry,

Sorry the article didn't come from CNN or some other Liberal source . . . Perhaps, the CDC itself is good enough ? ( Note the 2nd link )

https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-now-says-coronavirus-does-not-spread-easily-via-contaminated-surfaces

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

Dave F.
Hello Dave, the objection I have is with the wording in the original Red Right Patriot title. Calling a statement an "admission" is a scrubby lawyer's trick; changes a simple declaration to an implication of guilt. The CDC link you post doesn't say "we admit we were wrong"...but that's the implication of the RRP title.

Why did they write it that way? IMO it sounds more sensational and gets more attention than. "Recent CDC research indicates that COVID-19 is difficult to pass via touching objects" or something similar.

Writing headlines in sensational fashion is done by most news organizations, whether red or blue. I would take issue with the title regardless of whether it came from CNN, Fox, or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. (May all be touched by his noodly appendage, rAmen. 😉)

Best -- Terry
 
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