Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Much is made in some quarters of the CDC’s revised guidance on Covid-19, published a few days ago. One CDC statement in particular has attracted attention:

CDC’s COVID-19 prevention recommendations no longer differentiate based on a person’s vaccination status because breakthrough infections occur, though they are generally mild, and persons who have had COVID-19 but are not vaccinated have some degree of protection against severe illness from their previous infection.

You almost have to be a connoisseur of bureaucratic technical prose to notice the sea shift in policy those words contain, and yet the shift is there. Apparently, the CDC has determined that we are no longer enduring a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

The new guidance contains other subtleties. Vaccines and therapeutics, for example, get nearly equal billing. There is also a new emphasis on individual risk assessment to determine protection measures. In combination, the observed changes in the new guidance begin to approximate the Great Barrington Declaration.

Or not (YMMV). Still, it may be of interest to know that CDC recommendations are evolving.

3 thoughts on “Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022

  1. “Apparently, the CDC has determined that we are no longer enduring a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” ”

    The virus has changed. Therapeutics have improved. And everyone who is not a fool or ill has now been vaccinated. CDC guidance tries to keep up. That is a good thing in spite of your smarmy implications that you knew better than the scientists all along.

    You can airily dismiss the past characterization of it being “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” but that does not change the truth. Even now with better testing and treatments the death rate for the unvaccinated is more than 17x that of the vaccinated and boosted.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-compare-covid-deaths-for-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-people/

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    1. Survivability remains better for the vaccinated, but transmission is nearly equal, so the term ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ is no longer valid. Morbidity of the unvaccinated might be better going forward.

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  2. The shift to individual risk assessment is long overdue, but welcome.

    There are few people left who have not either been vaccinated or recovered from infection, so there is no longer any justification for differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated, especially now that we know that vaccinated people spread the disease almost as well as unvaccinated.

    I would add that except for those who are compromised, those under 18 are probably better off skipping the vaccine and they certainly should not get boosters until the next generation nasal vaccines are ready early next year.

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