New York Times: "Ignore the C.D.C."

Authority is sacrosanct, the media mouthpieces of the establishment insist, except when it suddenly disagrees with them. We're supposed to listen to the scientists, until the moment they go right when they were supposed to go left, and then forget about it.

It Has Come to This: Ignore the C.D.C. - New York Times op-ed

I'm old enough that I remember when saying something like that was enough to get you censored by YouTube and Twitter.

But it's okay. They're proggies.

The issue is the CDC pointing out that there's no real point to testing asymptomatic people. The op-ed authors predictably disagree.

Tests, however, can reduce the number of people who need to be isolated — and only for as long as they are shown to be infected. If those tests were to be performed frequently (even daily) and widely (even universally), it is almost certain that the pandemic would evaporate in just a few weeks.

This is bizarre nonsense. 

The New York Times decided to run this garbage a day after its own reporting showed that as many as 90% of the coronavirus positive test results were meaningless.

With a cutoff of 35, about half of those tests would no longer qualify as positive. About 70 percent would no longer be judged positive if the cycles were limited to 30.

In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been deemed negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Dr. Mina said. “I would say that none of those people should be contact-traced, not one,” he said.

But yes, we absolutely need more testing of asymptomatic people for results of extremely dubious worth.

State and local leaders should be emboldened to act independently of the federal government and do more testing. Some governors and local public health officials, from both parties, are already doing so and are ignoring the C.D.C.’s revisions. This position is legally sound, since the C.D.C. is an advisory agency, not a regulatory one.

Ignore the CDC when its guidance no longer serves our interests.


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