The Georgia Department of Public Health announced it would visit some residences in Fulton County and Dekalb counties and ask for blood samples. Health officials intend to use the blood samples to determine if anyone in the house ever had the virus that causes COVID-19. This would, largely, be a mass DNA sample collection.
And it’s all under the guise of public health safety.
The announcement by Georgia’s Department of Health, as you can imagine, sounds unsettling to those among us who support privacy rights. The idea that the government officials would have carte blanche access to our DNA doesn’t bode well for anyone who believes in our Constitution.
To be clear, this isn’t a mandatory collection process. So residences can decline. But the idea and concept are a bit frightening considering how far along coronavirus fear-mongering has carried us.
The health department’s statement says officials aim to determine “the percentage of people in the community who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Residences are selected at random.
“Teams will be visiting randomly selected homes in Fulton and Dekalb counties to ask residents questions about their health and to collect blood samples for an antibody test,” the release states. “Antibodies are proteins the body makes in response to infection. The antibody test can tell us whether a person might have had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The antibody test is not meant to diagnose whether a person has COVID-19 now.”
The blood testing isn’t’ just for adults, rather, children are included.
Intense protests and riots following the death of George Floyd somewhat simmered the media’s coronavirus obsession. But as people began to lose interest in watching looting and burning buildings, it’s clear the media intends to attempt to pivot back. But as more and more businesses around the nation reopen, it’s difficult to believe that part two will be easily enforced.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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