The CDC analyzes the genetic makeup of a virus through genomic sequencing and COVID-19 samples used for this purpose do not contain personal identifying information. A CDC spokesperson told that these samples do not include personal identifying information.
After the CDC tweeted about using genomic sequencing to identify COVID-19 variants, some social media users wrongly suggested the agency was illegally analyzing human DNA. Experts say such claims are misleading.
Claims that the CDC is analyzing people’s DNA through the genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 are inaccurate. These efforts are focused on analyzing the genetic makeup of the virus, not of people’s genes, and to monitor and detect new strains of SARS-CoV-2.
What people are saying?
Sarah Remember when we didn’t fully believe corporations and govt tracked us across all our devices. We said things like ‘it’s almost as if they’re listening.’ Now it’s like ‘this is not something new’ DUH – then everyone accepts their data being used however. So incredibly sad.
SophiaTarlas To the people that think they are SO important-their DNA is in hot demand. DEFINITELY do NOT go to the doctor- don’t get blood drawn w/ a label-You may leave genes at the grocery store or a restaurant. You may accidentally lose a hair so wear a cap- and DEFINITELY wear a mask.