HR 6666 – COVID–19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act
You can’t make this stuff up. HR 6666 (lovely number don’t you think?) is the COVID–19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act. It was introduced in the House on May 1, 2020, and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It is sponsored by 45 Representatives – 44 Democrats and one Republican from New Jersey.
HR 6666 is a bill “To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes.”
Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Just grants to test for COVID-19. To explain why this is a problem, let’s look at California, which has mustered 3,000 people so far and is training more to test their residents for the disease and trace whom they’ve contacted.
California’s pandemic detectives
Whittier Daily News reported:
“Earlier this week, Newsom announced a landmark partnership with UC San Francisco and UCLA to mobilize 20,000 so-called “disease detectives” over the next two months as the state slowly begins to ease stay-at-home orders.
A centerpiece of the partnership includes the $8.7 million state-funded UCSF Pandemic Workforce Training Academy that began its first 20-hour online instructional session Wednesday…
…Contact tracing has been a keystone of preventative medicine and public health for decades. It was employed during the SARS outbreak in 2003 as well as the Ebola epidemic in 2014, and played a key role in defeating smallpox and polio.”
The pandemic “army” will pay $19 per hour for the tracing jobs and training. (HR 6666 will set up the ability for any state to do it.) The plan is to initiate tracing for anyone infected with COVID-19, and trace the people they were in close proximity to for at least 15 minutes (that’s the general definition of close contact by the CDC). But is it only to warn the people that they were possibly infected? No, if they were exposed, they will have to isolate for 14 days.
“Rapid and efficient contact tracing, along with sophisticated epidemic surveillance and widespread testing, are key parts of the public health strategy we must have in place before we can safely allow more businesses to reopen. Done effectively, these strategies will help to break the chain of transmission and enable people to return to a more normal life.” Dr. George Rutherford, director of the Prevention and Public Health Group at UCSF
So, in the words of Dr Rutherford, they don’t want to allow more businesses to open in California until they get the army of “tracers” out there.
According to California residents who are concerned about this, if someone tests positive they will have to isolate (normal). If the home has more than one bathroom for several people, no problem, they can stay in the home. If it doesn’t, if several people live there and there’s only one bathroom, then the “infected person” will be removed to another living space while they “isolate.” If there is one bathroom and several children, and the parent is infected, or both parents, the children would be removed into “substitute care.” (See video below)
The vast majority of COVID-19 cases have mild or no symptoms. Is all of this warranted? Should children be removed from their parents because of a virus? The assessment in the California paperwork does not mention that the change would have to be temporary. Is than an oversight?
The Surgeon General of the US, Jerome Adams, recently dropped the CDC/Gates/WHO Predictive model and began working with real data. It showed that the predictive model was grossly overblown as to the number of deaths and cases in the United States.
HR 6666 would give grants to states in order to set up contact tracing much like California. There is something strange about the entire plan, especially since it is overwhelmingly supported by Democrats.
There are literally hundreds of videos out there on all of the issues surrounding COVID-19. Most of them are edited, some are excellent, some are iffy. The following is not by an expert, just by an ordinary Californian who is concerned by the entire tracing/tracking issue. Should we be concerned?
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