“When you [cut] back your safety standards in such a transparent way, a science agency just loses credibility" says paramedic union leader

The policy, which does not even require a negative test to return to work, was called “reckless” by public health experts interviewed by the Boston Globe.

Curiously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the quarantine requirement from ten days to five after a few notable worker shortages. First, there was the cancellation of thousands of flights due to worker shortages starting before Christmas, which made major news headlines. But in the background lurks widespread healthcare worker shortages throughout the nation, which have occurred as tens of thousands of essential workers were sidelined due to infection with the hyper-contagious omicron variant.

For front-line unions, the CDC’s kowtowing to business interests is merely one in a long line of examples of the CDC’s expedient disregard for workers. Early on, the nation’s leading public health agency notoriously instructed nurses to ignore their training on infectious disease control and reuse their N-95 masks for days at a time.

At the time, the nurses’ unions predicted three things would happen: their members would get sick, many would die, and the hospitals would themselves become vectors for the virus. All three things happened.

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