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Holiday CDC guidelines set off jokes on social media: 'Drunken karaoke is now the ultimate act of defiance'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/24/2020 Michael Lee
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the Thanksgiving holiday suggesting that people “avoid singing & shouting,” “keep music levels down,” and “limit alcohol" set off a torrent of sarcastic replies on social media.

“Drunken karaoke is now the ultimate act of defiance,” tweeted talk show host Dave Rubin.

“Joking aside imagine thinking the government has a right to tell you whether you can sing in your house or not,” Rubin added.

Many users seemed to indicate that they didn't take the guidelines very seriously.

“It hears you when you’re singing. It knows when your mask is off. It knows if you have more than 10 people over. So comply for Covid’s sake, ohhhh… You’d better wash hands. Turn your music down. You’d better comply for comply for crying out loud. Covid 19 is coming to town,” one user tweeted.

“This situation is ripe for a protest song. Requirements: must be sung at a minimum 85 decibels with a BAC of .08+, number of parts (vocal or instrumental) must exceed the number allowed in your home by current restrictions. Dave you must know someone who can write this,” joked another.

“I’m gonna make a video of my family drinking loads of beer whilst the men sing along to ‘what do you do with a drunken sailor’ and the wives yell at us to stop,” one user replied.

Other users defended the CDC guidelines.

“I would point out this is a guideline and not a law. I have no problem with people making suggestions. It is not an act of rebellion to not follow a suggestion,” one user tweeted.

Another user explained the rationale behind the suggestions.

“Fwiw, their logic is that singing/shouting expels more droplets and farther than talking and so it increases the risk of virus spread. The music volume suggestion is that the louder the music is (or when people are in loud room), they tend to yell and shout more to be heard,” Steve Halpern explained.

The CDC published the latest guidance on Wednesday, hoping people would take steps to limit the spread of the virus if they decided to attend Thanksgiving gatherings. However, the agency said the best protection is to avoid gatherings with people in other households.

“Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread,” the CDC website says. “ Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you.”

Tags: Coronavirus, Thanksgiving, CDC, Twitter

Original Author: Michael Lee

Original Location: Holiday CDC guidelines set off jokes on social media: 'Drunken karaoke is now the ultimate act of defiance'

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