Axios criticized suggesting ‘Thanksgiving security guards’ to administer COVID tests before the holiday

Axios criticized suggesting ‘Thanksgiving security guards’ to administer COVID tests before the holiday

Axios had Gigi Gronvall of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security cautioned the false-positive results that could emerge from the rapid antigen tests, telling the outlet, “If you are negative, you can draw some comfort in that but it doesn’t mean you’ll always be negative. You just might be below the threshold. But you also might not, at that moment, be as much of a danger to somebody else either.” Gronvall also suggested opening windows to improve circulation in homes. 
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“If you’re hosting, let your guests know ahead of their arrival that you’ll be testing everyone at the door for their own safety. If you’re a guest who’s anxious about attending without testing, talk to your host now about their plans and how you can help,” Axios suggested. “Depending on your budget, you might offer to pick up the tab for everyone’s tests, or hosts might ask guests to pay for their own. At-home antigen tests cost around $25 for a box of two. Alternatively, guests who have gotten a PCR test within a couple of days prior could bring evidence of their negative results.” CRITICS PAN THANKSGIVING ADVICE IN NEW YORK TIMES THAT KIDS AREN’T FULLY VACCINATED SHOULD ‘EAT QUICKLY’

“One extra precaution may be to purchase enough tests for a re-test, or to ask guests to test on their own before and then again when they arrive for the meal,” Axios told readers.  The report, co-authored by Axios politics managing editor and CNN analyst Margaret Talev and Axios health care editor Tina Reed, called for the “normalizing” of rapid COVID tests in order to “help extended families feel a little more normal around the holiday dinner table.”

Critics panned Axios for floating such strict COVID enforcements for Thanksgiving dinner.  “No,” Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., told Axios. 
As Americans prepare to gather with relatives and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, far-left pundits, columnists and news organizations have set their sights on the holiday. 
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“Enforcing testing rules at your holiday gathering can reduce the chances of COVID spread. But there’s no way to eliminate the risk when people are gathering,” Axios added.  CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen called a rapid antigen test a “very good for that kind of screening purpose” to put relatives at ease. 

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