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As the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus spreads and adults and children are hospitalized in record numbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened the recommended amount of time asymptomatic people who test positive for Covid-19 spend in quarantine. There is not a requirement that people test negative before ending that shorter isolation period, although Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top medical adviser, has said the CDC is considering it.
Though many schools have delayed their returns following winter break, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said this week, “Our expectation is for schools to be open full time for students for in-person learning.”
“We are intent on not letting omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated,” Jeff Zients, President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response coordinator, said in December. “You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this.”
Those policies and statements have left people with disabilities once again feeling abandoned and demoralized. Assurances that the omicron variant is a “milder” variant of Covid-19 do little to comfort people with disabilities or people who are chronically ill. Nor is it a comfort to hear the White House blame people who are unvaccinated for the pandemic’s latest surge, as Zients did when he said, “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
Framing Covid-19 in a way that blames unvaccinated people ignores how sick people with chronic illnesses and people with disabilities can get even if they have been vaccinated. The White House seems to be waving these people off as a technicality.