The CDC HICPAC Committee Tried to Reduce Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Healthcare Under the Radar. My Response:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recently proposed updates to the guidance on standard precautions in healthcare. The drafted guidance, if implemented, would serve to seriously weaken existing protections against contracting infectious diseases in healthcare settings. Furthermore, the CDC continues to ignore the importance of precautions for the prevention of infectious aerosols, which are vital for protection against viruses like Tuberculosis, Measles, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The CDC has taken steps to conceal their efforts to reduce the safety of healthcare settings. I join other scientific experts, as well as experiential experts in the disabled community, in demanding transparency from the CDC and urging the CDC’s HICPAC members to reconsider their drafted guidance and update it to reflect the science on prevention of aerosolized transmission of disease.

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