Kamala's Niece Blasts Biden Admin's New COVID Guidance, as Does Trump's Surgeon General

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You had an interesting confluence of folks from the left and the right blasting the new CDC guidance on cutting time in isolation after testing positive from 10 days to five days if one is asymptomatic, and not getting a PCR test after the five days because the test might show a positive for up to 12 weeks — whether or not you are no longer contagious.

Folks on the right were largely furious that this was only being said and done now. They wanted to know why.

Folks on the left were suddenly discovering that the Biden administration wasn’t just making a decision based on public health and that there were factors other than science entering the consideration, according to what Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

Among the notable people who registered objections to the new guidance were Meena Harris, the niece of Kamala Harris, and the former Surgeon General of the United States under President Donald Trump, Dr. Jerome Adams.

Harris implied the decision from the Biden-Harris Administration was putting lives in danger.

I’m guessing that she didn’t think deeply about what her aunt might say when she posted it. But she did think better of it and later deleted it. However, the internet is forever. I’m going to guess that she gets a little bit of a talking to about posting things that could be harmful for the administration. But her opinion was reflective of the opinion of a lot of people on the left. Meena Harris announced that she had COVID shortly before Christmas, despite being vaccinated and boosted.

But it wasn’t only folks on the left. President Donald Trump’s surgeon general Jerome Adams was also concerned about the new guidance because of the PCR aspect of what the CDC was saying. As I noted, that raised a big question then of: how do you determine then if you are still contagious? Five days is a random number; you aren’t necessarily magically not contagious at the end of five days.

“I love the CDC,” Adams tweeted about the new CDC guidance. “Grew up wanting to work there and have been one of their most ardent defenders. I never dreamed the day would come when I would advise people NOT to follow their guidance. Breaks my heart. But ask any of them. They wouldn’t even follow it for their own family.” He continued, “Regardless of what CDC says, you really should try to obtain an antigen test. (I know- easier said than done) and confirm it’s negative prior to leaving isolation and quarantine. There’s not a scientist or doctor I’ve met yet who wouldn’t do this for themselves/their family.”

Adams also blasted CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for being misleading and confusing about the tests, calling her comments about the tests an “artful (and harmful) dodge that “confuses & lowers trust in all tests.”

I’d reiterate what I said yesterday: why is this advice coming now, as opposed to before? Why are they only factoring in priorities like economics, people keeping their jobs, and society not grinding to a halt now? If they knew  — and they did know — that the PCR tests could throw up positives for up to 12 weeks, despite a person no longer being contagious, why have the PCR tests been used as a determinant that someone was no longer contagious to go back to work or school?

Folks on the left and the right are pounding the Biden team over this, and it’s completely justified. Their approach has been a complete mess.