New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says forcing people back to work after a five-day COVID-19 quarantine is ‘sociopathic’ and made the false claim that Omicron is not mild despite science supporting otherwise, as she says she is now recovered from the virus.
She shared three photos, one showing two positive test results, one of her cuddling up with her dog and a solo shot of her French bulldog Deco.
‘Welp, so it happened. Got COVID, probably omicron. As of today I am thankfully recovered and wrapping up quarantine, but COVID was no joke,’ she started off the lengthy caption on Saturday.
AOC went on to claim that Omicron is not mild, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported the strain doesn’t seem to be as dangerous as the previous Delta variant.
‘For a while I’ve noted the term “mild” is misleading when the bar is hospitalization and death. Even “mild” cases can result in long COVID, which includes a range of conditions like cognitive impairment, POTS, & chronic fatigue,’ AOC said of the variant.
The news of AOC’s positive COVID test result came just a week after she was snapped partying maskless at a Miami drag brunch on January 2.
AOC revealed she had contracted coronavirus in a pair of photos, one showing two positive test results and two other photos showing her cuddling up with her dog
Pictured: Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram photo of two positive COVID-19 tests
Pictured: US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at an event at the US Climate Action Center at the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, November 9, 2021
The Bronx Representative, 32, made the announcement on her official Twitter page on January 9, sharing a statement on House of Representatives headed paper which said: ‘Representative Ocasio-Cortez has received a positive test result for COVID-19.
‘She is experiencing symptoms and is recovering at home. The Congresswoman received her booster shot this Fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all CDC guidance.’
AOC then added some of her own guidance in a follow-up tweet, writing: ‘For information on what to do if you’re exposed to COVID, test positive or want to schedule a test or vaccine in New York City — see our round-up of CDC and NYC resources here,’ before adding a link to a personal website.
However, clinical reports indicate that Omicron patients fare far better than those with other variants, while research suggests that Omicron does not target tissues associated with worse disease outcomes, which is an encouraging prospect, according to The Scientist.
Omicron has proven to also have a shorter incubation period – defined as the time between becoming infected and symptom onset – of just two to four days.
Meanwhile, hospitalization and death rates are much lower for vaccinated people when compared to all other COVID-19 variants, the CDC reported earlier this month.
The liberal politician went on to say that since contracting the virus, she has learned how ‘sociopathic’ it is to ‘force’ people back to work just five days after quarantining for COVID.
‘The idea of forcing people to work just five days after symptoms start is sociopathic and 100 percent informed by a culture that accepts sacrificing human lives for profit margins as a fair trade. The good news is that we have an antidote: community.’
It’s not known where she caught the virus, although she was pictured partying maskless during a brunch event in South Beach, Miami, on January 2, pictured above
AOC went on to make the false claim the Omicron is not mild, despite the fact that the CDC recently reported the strain doesn’t seem to be as dangerous as the previous Delta variant
On January 4, the CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation for the public when quarantining for coronavirus, from 10-20 days to just five days.
The reasons for the shortened isolation period are three-fold, according to the CDC.
Infectiousness with Omicron peaks around one day before symptom onset and declines within a week of symptom onset, with an average period of infectiousness and risk of transmission between two to three days before and eight days after symptom onset.
Data, including a review of 113 studies from 17 different countries, show that for most COVID-19 strains – Omicron included – transmission occurs early in the course of infection, making for a shorter time needed for isolation.
The CDC added that these updated quarantine recommendations are meant to ‘facilitate individual social and well-being needs, return to work, and maintenance of critical infrastructure,’ according to the agency’s website.
While quarantine periods of five days were created last week to focus on the period when a person is most infectious, the CDC does recommend continued masking for an additional five days after isolating.
AOC’s lengthy Instagram post after testing positive for COVID
‘Welp, so it happened. Got COVID, probably omicron. As of today I am thankfully recovered and wrapping up quarantine, but COVID was no joke. For a while I’ve noted the term “mild” is misleading when the bar is hospitalization and death. Even “mild” cases can result in long COVID, which includes a range of conditions like cognitive impairment, POTS, & chronic fatigue. This isn’t to be a downer or induce fear, just a reminder that we need to be careful (N95s in crowded indoor spaces like stores) and if you do get it, it’s key to care for yourself and REST. The idea of forcing people to work just 5 days after symptoms start is sociopathic and 100% informed by a culture that accepts sacrificing human lives for profit margins as a fair trade. The good news is that we have an antidote: community.
If you’ve noticed, much of the emphasis of media conversations on COVID are individualistic: wear a mask, get vaccinated to protect *yourself,* go back to work even w/ symptoms bc *you’re* “fine” (even if you’re not). And while some of these recommendations are good- like getting a vaccine + wearing masks where appropriate, the motivations for them shouldn’t just be selfish. It should also be bc we actually give a damn about other people – our disabled neighbors, our coworkers who haven’t said (and shouldn’t feel obligated to say) they’re immunocompromised, etc.
It’s truly bizarre to me that giving a s*** about other people is a polarizing political stance, but my dad used to say that life makes you repeat lessons until you learn them. And if there’s one lesson I think we as a country are repeating until we learn, it’s that community and collective good is our best shot through our greatest challenges – way more than discorded acts of “rugged individualism” and the bootstrap propaganda we’ve been spoon-fed since birth.
Individualism is inadequate for planetary forces like climate change or global pandemics, no less societal ones like healthcare, economic inequity and racism. But WE, as a collective, can confront them. In a world of MEs, let’s build team WE. Anyways that’s enough for today, stay healthy and blessed and let’s keep building. .
Love & solidarity, aoc’