Airlines were first to jump on the mandate bandwagon – refusing to let people travel if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and demanding a slew of negative tests just to fly.
But now, flight attendants are testing positive for COVID-19 – causing a massive shortage of airline employees and forcing airlines to cancel their flights.
As a result of major staffing issues, desperate airlines have resorted to begging the CDC to shorten the isolation time for COVID-19 positive flight attendants to only “5 days” – and just wait until you hear the details of the proposed hypocrisy.
Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported:
“Delta chief executive Ed Bastian has called on CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walenksy to release fully vaccinated airline staffers from COVID isolation within just five days of a positive test.
The early release, Bastian claims, is necessary to keep the airline running because so many employees are being infected with the highly transmissible Omicron strain.”
So let me get this straight – so many employees are catching COVID-19 while flying…
… yet Delta thinks the solution is to lesson the isolation period for COVID-19 positive employees?
Is COVID-19 serious or not?
Airlines are willing to throw a 2-year-old off a plane because she can’t keep her mask on…
… yet let their own employees who tested positive for COVID-19 board a plane and serve guests after just 5 days?
… yet now airlines are “short staffed” so they’re willing to loosen the rules to make THEIR lives easier – while still making travel miserable for the rest of us.
Clearly flight attendants don’t think it’s too smart of an idea either, and one even commented:
“Staffing flights with crewmembers who may still be symptomatic, infectious, or both by shortening them on necessary isolation time will only make the situation worse,” reported Paddle Your Own Kanoo.
Yeah, ya think!
Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 are forced to fork over massive amounts of cash to pay for extra nights in a hotel room because they aren’t allowed to board their plane home until their “mandatory” isolation time is complete…
… yet airlines think their own people should be exempt from the rules everybody else has to follow.
Except now the CDC has yet again contradicted itself – and released new quarantine and isolation guidelines.
While politicians are essentially telling us all we’re going to die (again) from COVID-19–apparently the CDC doesn’t think the Omicron variant is that serious – so they’ve loosened restrictions.
The CDC reported:
“Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.”
Wow! What a change!
Earlier we were told we could still be “carriers” even if we didn’t have symptoms so we needed to barricade ourselves…
… and now the CDC is completely fine with people isolating for 5-days – and if they feel fine, they can rejoin society.
But wait, it gets even better!
They’ve also reduced the quarantine time guidelines for those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The CDC continues:
“Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.”
So the CDC isn’t that concerned with this variant… and clearly airlines aren’t either if they are okay with letting their employees fly and be around thousands of people after testing positive just days earlier.
I guess airline employees think they are more important than the rest of hard-working Americans… who have jobs too.
Business Insider reported:
“Our employees represent an essential workforce to enable Americans who need to travel domestically and internationally,” CEO Ed Bastian wrote to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Delta’s chief health officer, Carlos del Rio, and medical adviser, Henry Ting, also signed the letter.
“With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the 10-day isolation for those who are fully vaccinated may significantly impact our workforce and operations,” they added.
Of course it will, and already has!
Just likes it’s hurt all the businesses who were forced to shut their doors or reduce their hours and turn people away because of the latest Omicron hype…
… or the Americans who were forced to miss work because they were told they must “isolate.”
The desperate pleas of airline CEOS simply reveals what happens when mandates are hastily enacted without thinking through the unintended consequences.
And even though the CDC is starting to chill out (a little bit) with Biden leading the charge and calling the shots – things are still bound to get worse before they get better.
Do you think flight attendants who test positive for COVID-19 should be allowed to fly after a short “5-day” isolation?
What are your thoughts on the CDC’s new isolation and quarantine guidelines?
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