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Following CDC’s Guidance Requires a 3-Ring Binder

Following the science seems complicated.

I am a believer in science and a supporter of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but...

If you recall, in “old time sign-along songs” you needed to follow the bouncing ball above the lyrics. The CDC is writing those lyrics and I’m trying to sing along, but following that bouncing ball is getting harder and harder to do.

This calls for a 3-ring binder with tabs. I’d have individual tabs for:

  • Definitions
  • Testing
  • Quarantine
  • Isolation
  • Vaccines
  • Vaccinations
  • Variants
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Anti-viral medicines
  • Horse de-worming medicine
  • Elderly
  • Children
  • Businesses
  • Cases
  • Hospitalizations
  • Deaths

Then I would put the latest guidance on each of the above topic on top of the previous guidance so that the most recent is seen first.

I would not attempt to say anything about any of the above tabulated topics without first checking to make sure I was using the latest guidance — since it changes often.

I’d like to have a tab on “overall strategy,” but I’m not sure there is content for that tab. There was the Trump-era strategy of the CDC not saying anything. Now in the AT-era (After Trump), they are saying and printing a lot.

I’d also need those paper reinforcing circle stickers because we are working on two years of information at this point, with more months and even years to go. Pages are sure to be torn out without those reinforcements.

What size should that 3-ring binder be? Four inches, 6 inches? One binder for each year?

New Year’s resolution — buy plenty of binders!
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.