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Jack Pattie Show With
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, MD

15, 2022


CDC Relaxes Guidlines for COVID-19, Monkeypox and Polio Continue to Spread

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA(sm) discusses the relaxation of CDC recommendations for controlling COVID-19. It may not be prudent to relax guidelines at a time of high viral levels and before the reformulated vaccine is available to the public. Nationally, SARS-CoV-2 is still causing almost 500 deaths per day and there is a new formulated vaccine in production. I would at least wait until the new vaccine has been formulated and distributed. There are significant risks of Long COVID, even in the young. As the CDC has relaxed guidelines the FDA recommends that those who are infected rapid test negative three times over 5 days before they have close contact with others. And there is a study out of Harvard and the Boston Public Health Commission which again shows that schools which successfully implement masking have a lower rate of COVID-19 infections. In this study 30% of all infections were attributed to unmasking policies. Polio also appears to be spreading as is monkeypox. Polio has been detected in the wastewater of New York City and cases of monkeypox are still exponentially rising. Retail establishments need to offer:
-- Curbside pickup with masked personnel delivering purchased items.
-- A few hours each week for mandatory masking so at-risk individuals can shop in a safer environment.
-- Improvements in indoor ventilation.
-- Encourage and purchase N95 masks.
Schools need to improve indoor ventilation and institute masking during times of high viral spread. Children can still become severely sick, although relatively infrequen. Of greater concern is children spreading the virus to caregivers and the risks of Long COVID.
Vaccinations for polio are key to stopping spread since it has an asymptomatic rate of spread of approximately 75%. Only 1 in 200 develop paralytic polio and only 1 in 2,000 to 1 in 10,000 will die. But polio has a propensity to affect children and can cause lifelong paralysis. One needs between 80 to 90% of individuals vaccinated before spread will stop. Unfortunately, unvaccinated individuals tend to congregate together at political and social events which allows the virus to spread. There is a risk that our relaxed attitude with COVID-19 will spill over into our preventative efforts with polio. With monkeypox, there is not enough vaccines and people need to avoid close intimate contact with strangers. Jack Pattie Show with Kruser. Aug. 15, 2022.  
1. Beneficial Effects of Schools and Masking. 
2. FDA guidance on when to come out of isolation. 
3. Yale study regarding rapid-testing participants on the day of the event to reduce SARS-CoV-2 spread.
4. YouTube Video  

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