CDC’s ‘inclusive’ health equity guide tackles anti-vaxxers, smokers

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CDC's 'inclusive' health equity guide tackles anti-vaxxers, smokers

The CDC is going woke with an exhaustive new guide of “inclusive” terms meant to tackle “health equity.”

The Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication suggest new descriptive terms for everyone from smokers, to anti-vaxxers, to criminals, according to a report.

Those who puff on cancer-sticks should no longer be called “smokers,” according to the CDC, but “people who smoke.”

The disabled shouldn’t be referred to as “differently abled,” but simply as “people with disabilities.”

And using the word “homosexual” is out in favor of a variety of alphabet soup terms, including “LGBTQ (or LGBTQIA or LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA2),” according to the guide.

“The way people’s social identities overlap should be considered to better understand, interpret, and communicate health outcomes,” the agency said.

Poor people should be referred to as “with self-reported income in the lowest income bracket (if income brackets are defined).”

And don’t say “the black community.”

“If you are creating an image, do not illustrate the patient as a minority and the doctor as white; likewise do not illustrate a homeless person as a minority,” the CDC now says.

Even criminals are no longer criminals, but should be called “persons in pre-trial or with charge,” “persons on parole or probation,” or “people in immigration detention facilities.”

The CDC will eschew the word "smoker" in favor of the term "people who smoke."
The CDC will eschew the word “smoker” in favor of the term “people who smoke.”
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The guide even includes favored terms for skeptics of COVID-19 countermeasures.

Instead of saying someone “refuse[s]” the vaccine, medical professionals should simply say a person has “yet to receive” their inoculation. And instead of stating whether some people “do not use PPE,” or personal protective equipment like masks, the preferred term is that someone may have limited access to PPE.

The new guide recalls the controversy sparked when Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush was slammed for using the term “birthing people” in a speech at the Capitol, in a bid to recognize surrogates or transgender men who can give birth.

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