The CDC has already said no to the first request: the displaced people wanted to be tested for the new coronavirus.
The displaced people arrived at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego last week, fleeing the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic. Yeah, two of the IDPs were diagnosed with the virus and were isolated in a nearby hospital.
Fearing that more people could be diagnosed, the displaced people circulated a petition thanking the CDC for their support but also asking for the five changes.
“We believe that testing everyone at the facility would help identify potential suspects as soon as possible so that we can implement the appropriate treatment,” according to the petition, which is written in Chinese and English.
While the CDC is monitoring the health of evacuates with twice-daily checks for symptoms such as fever and cough, the agency is not testing them for the virus.
According to a CDC official, the coronavirus test often results in a false negative if given too early when the person is infected but still shows no symptoms.
“Testing someone who is asymptomatic may not produce a true result if an infection has not yet been fully ascertained. A false negative could provide a false sense of security,” according to a statement Thursday by Dr. Christopher Braden, a CDC official who is with the displaced persons at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
The CDC states that Braden has explained the problem of false negatives to displaced persons. However, in the petition, the displaced people had a different impression of what the CDC was saying.
“[We] understanding the current job hiring of the CDC is that the virus will not spread until symptoms develop, “according to the petition.
In his statement to CNN, Braden said that asymptomatic transmission can take place.
In their petition, the displaced people expressed gratitude to the CDC.
“First of all, THANK YOU for the support that CDC has provided to the displaced persons in Wuhan at the Miramar quarantine center. Each member of the center and CDC staff has been very careful to help us from medical needs to those of life. We really appreciate your dedication and hard work! “
The displaced persons then listed their requests. They started with the request to be tested and then added four more: Prevention of meetings of a large number of people in small closed environments; delivery of personal protective equipment to displaced persons, including masks and sanitizing alcohol for room disinfection; supply of hand sanitizer to reception and playground; and disinfection two or three times a day in public areas, “including playground, laundry, door knobs, etc.”
In their petition, the displaced people had four other requests: prevention of gatherings of large numbers of people in small enclosed spaces; delivery of personal protective equipment to displaced persons, including masks and sanitizing alcohol for room disinfection; supply of hand sanitizer to reception and playground; and disinfection two or three times a day in public areas, “including playground, laundry, door knobs, etc.”
“We believe that these are fundamental measures to mitigate the potential risk of spreading the virus at the Miramar center and that they are proactive measures to protect the health of this group and the safety of the American people,” says the petition.
CDC officials said they are listening to the displaced people’s concerns.
“CDC has worked with partner agencies to address concerns raised by the evacuee. Numerous changes have been made to many of the procedures to address these concerns and we are doing our best to make everyone as comfortable as possible,” said CDC spokesman Benjamin. Haynes said in an email. “They were kind and we thank them for the collaboration.”
Harmeet Kaur of CNN contributed to this report.