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CDC issues Thanksgiving guidance

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/19/20, 04:54 pm

The United States has recorded more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases in the past week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday asked Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or spend the holiday with people outside their households. The agency also listed safety recommendations such as social distancing, meeting outdoors, and having just one person serving food at gatherings that do go forward.

How’s the economy doing? New applications for unemployment benefits are on the rise again as governors impose tighter COVID-19 restrictions. For the first time in five weeks, the number was higher than the week before. Thursday’s job report from the Labor Department found that 742,000 Americans requested jobless benefits last week.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s report in Beginnings about the declining COVID-19 death rate.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  WomanComeHome's picture
    Posted: Thu, 11/19/2020 11:09 pm

    It would be helpful to hear how many more tests are being administered nationally now than previously. There is no doubt in my mind that the record number of reported cases are due to a record number of tests being done--and not just on symptomatic patients. In my state of Oregon, free testing was offered for the first time in the last couple weeks, motivating many to get tested, sick or not--after all, it's free, right? (Your tax dollars at work.) And since the definition of a bona fide "case" has been changed for the first time in history to include everyone with a positive test, regardless of the presence of symptoms, the significance of case numbers are inflated. Add to that the fact that one TYPE of test that is being used--the PCR or molecular test--was never intended as a diagnostic tool, and can be cycled repeatedly until one gets a positive result, with no current standardizing of the cycle threshold to determine if the viral load is significant. The devil is in the details. More digging is needed to get at the truth here.

  • gndgirl
    Posted: Fri, 11/20/2020 06:38 pm

    Interesting. Can you cite sources for all this information? Thanks! I have been confused about the difference between the numbers of positive tests and the numbers of cases. You are saying there is no difference. If so, we are being misled.

  • PAMom
    Posted: Fri, 11/20/2020 07:55 am

    This is absurd. Wake up, America. This "pandemic" is not valid. This virus has a 99% recovery rate for anyone under 70 years old and a 94% recovery rate for those over 70. Wearing a mask DOES NOT prevent a virus from spreading. That is why virologists wear complete body suits equipped with their own oxygen. The only reason why the CDC, the WHO, the NIH have been pushing masks is to see how many people will obey like sheep.The masks are only pushed to push FEAR! 

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 11/20/2020 08:40 am

    Respectfully, PAMom, I know people who have died of COVID; and at least one of them was younger than 60.  I know others who were infected and hospitalized and now have permanent lung damage.  I've been alive a long time, and nothing like that has never happened during "flu season." When you look at statistics and numbers, the cost doesn't seem too bad (i.e., 1% under 70 who don't recover doesn't sound like a lot).  But 1% of people under 70 is a lot of people, and their loved ones certainly care that they didn't recover. 

    If I may ask, where exactly are you getting your information re "the pandemic is not real"?  You said that the CDC,etc are issuing guidelines "to see how many people will obey like sheep."  Maybe you can explain better what you mean. I'm not trying to speak for you, just to understand-because the way your comment is worded seems to suggest that you believe the agencies put in place by our government to protect us are lying to people because they are on a power trip.You also seem willing to accept the statistics provided by various agencies (i.e., since you quoted them to make your point).  Again, not to speak for you, but to ask what you mean: why do you accept the statistics that the experts are providing but not their advice? 

    I am personally in the healthcare field, and the advice that is being given is in line with my personal knowledge and experience.  The experts in the CDC are not claiming that cloth masks completely prevent the virus from spreading.  The only people I hear saying that are those who are using it as a straw man argument to discredit the CDC.  The CDC website actually has a page with this topic:  "Use of Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19."  It includes the following: "Masks offer some protection for you and are meant to protect those around you, in case you are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19."  Also "A mask is not a substitute for social distancing.  Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart." And: "CDC is still studying the effectiveness of different kinds of masks and will update our recommendations as new scientific information becomes available."

    If you know of a better source of information for guidelines about what to do regarding an infectious disease than the experts in medicine and infectious disease (i.e., the CDC), please let us all know.       

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Fri, 11/20/2020 11:26 am

    Hmmm... be careful that you're not pushing fear as much as anyone in your desire to point out governmental oversteps and possible evil intentions.

    Also, I would suggest that wearing masks is about reducing the risk to others, which it does, not just about protecting yourself.  I don't think anyone claims wearing masks will end all risk of spreading the disease.  It's just one step that is thoughtful to those around you, some of whom may be far more vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19, a real disease that has killed or done long-term serious damage to many people.

    Posted: Fri, 11/20/2020 01:55 pm

    Wearing a mask is more effective than not wearing one.