If you think state and local governments, under the pretext of “containing” COVID-19, have abused their authority by imposing quarantines and lockdowns, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) actually has a proposal to quarantine or segregate “high-risk individuals” in “green zones” away from their family members and the general population.
In a document that was updated on July 26, 2020, with the Orwellian title “Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings,” the CDC proposed a “shielding approach” to reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases “by limiting contact between individuals at higher risk of developing severe disease (‘high-risk’) and the general population (‘low-risk’)” by “temporarily” relocating the high-risk individuals to safe or “green zones” established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level where they “would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.”
The CDC maintains that “physically separating high-risk individuals from the general population” could “prioritize the use of the limited available resources and avoid implementing long-term containment measures among the general population.”
“High-risk individuals” are defined as “older adults” (over 50, especially aged 85 or older) and people of any age who have “co-morbidities” or “serious underlying medical conditions” (see the list of those conditions here), all of whom are at higher risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.
This is how “high-risk individuals” would be segregated:
- At the household level, “high-risk individuals” like elderly parents would be confined to a specific room or area, physically isolated from other household members.
- At the neighborhood level, “high-risk individuals” from 5-10 households would be grouped together in a small camp or area. Neighbors are to “swap households to accommodate high-risk individuals” — I have no idea what this sentence means.
- At the “camp/sector” level, a maximum of 50 high-risk individuals would be physically isolated together in “shelters” such as schools and community buildings.
These “green zones” are to be maintained “until one of the following circumstances arises: (i) sufficient hospitalization capacity is established; (ii) effective vaccine or therapeutic options become widely available; or (iii) the COVID-19 epidemic affecting the population subsides.”