Keeping up with the CDC: don’t get lost in the maze

Scouring the CDC website for updates can be tedious, tiring and confusing.

For those who don’t understand or like data and numbers, it poses even more of a challenge.

Mainstream media a isn’t digging deep and providing the public with crucial pandemic information. Some might say they are complicit, others judge them as ignorant and incapable. Whatever the reason, we see ‘citizen journalists’ stepping up to research and share crucial information. You can do it too.

Here is an update on the CDC website that deserves attention. Covid-19 isn’t any more contagious than other common viruses.

On the CDC, ‘How COVID-19 Spreads’ page, there is a subheading that says Covid-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission. This could lead the casual reader to believe airborne transmission is common. Once you notice and click on the tiny footnote number 1, you will discover another information trail to follow.

Five subheadings down on the new page, you might find what you’re looking for. However, don’t skip over the very first line, as it clarifies that Sars-cov-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. Now you are more likely to read the section about the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2.

Here, you will discover that most infections are not by caused by airborne transmission.

If covid-19 was transmitted by air like the measles, then it would have traveled the world like wildfire. Here’s the key point, Covid-19 has spread the same as most other common viruses.

Have you heard that recently, or ever? As Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth puts on its shoes.”

You can find and share crucial pandemic information on the CDC website, too, just don’t get lost in the maze.

Stacy Adair, contributor