Recently, the CDC has announced new guidelines, again, for quarantining periods and what to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 should now “should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.” They also claim that new information or data shows ” that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”
CDC has shortened the recommended time for #COVID19 isolation and quarantine. Learn more about what to do if you test positive or have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19: https://t.co/ScxsyrZI16.
— CDC (@CDCgov) December 27, 2021
Online, many were concerned that the cause behind shortening the isolation period was not due to new evidence, but instead motivated by jobs and employees having to take out 10 days if they are infected. Many immediately brought this response online, noting that the isolation period was formerly 14 days before being shortened to 10.
Let’s be honest.. it’s not due to health and safety, it’s due to money. https://t.co/0LO8vPouKV
— Sabrina Zombie (@NumbZombieMom) December 28, 2021
This issue also comes up when it was revealed that the Delta CEO had asked the head of CDC to cut the quarantine time for those who are fully vaccinated since it impacts the workforce. However, though there were legitimate concerns from many, Twitter has a habit of making memes out of hard or controversial times, and this is no different. Thus, the “CDC recommends” memes were born.
the cdc recommends that you should release your inhibitions and feel the rain on your skin
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) December 28, 2021
The CDC recommends bringing the giant wooden horse into the city, it seems nice
— Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens (@CSMFHT) December 29, 2021
Several of these memes referenced pop culture or literature, like the iconic “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield or the Trojan horse, which can be recognized from The Illiad. Or, maybe even the iconic scene from Legally Blond? Or Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well?”
The CDC recommends that you're forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating the immonium thygocolate, pic.twitter.com/qsCk8uiKJZ
— Tim Popp, Six, Squish, Uh uh… (@popphits) December 28, 2021
the CDC just announced that you can keep my old scarf from that very first week cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
— matt (@mattxiv) December 30, 2021
Though the situation can be frustrating and confusing for most, Twitter usually knows how to respond to the situation with some humor.