6 thoughts on “What does CDC stand for?

  1. Judas goat says:

    “Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 : The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review CDC’s scientific reports to health professionals.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/11/exclusive-trump-officials-interfered-with-cdc-reports-on-covid-19-412809
    “Trump appointees sought to alter CDC scientific reports so they don’t contradict or undermine the president” https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-officials-sought-alter-cdc-reports-covid-leaked-emails-politico-2020-9
    Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, suggested the revelation of political interference with the CDC’s work should prompt legal action.
    “The level of corruption involving public health — meaning more people dying because of it — by Trump and his minions is so, so high, and so, so despicable,” he wrote on Twitter. “All of these people should be prosecuted for reckless endangerment.” https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1304608825769680896

    • Update says:

      “C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections : A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn’t need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.’s scientific review process.” (NYT 9/17/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/health/coronavirus-testing-cdc.html
      “The document contains “elementary errors” — such as referring to “testing for Covid-19,” as opposed to testing for the virus that causes it — and recommendations inconsistent with the C.D.C.’s stance that mark it to anyone in the know as not having been written by agency scientists, according to a senior C.D.C. scientist who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of a fear of repercussions.
      The question of the C.D.C.’s independence and effectiveness as the nation’s top public health agency has taken on increasing urgency as the nation approaches 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic and Mr. Trump continues to criticize its scientists and disregard their assessments.”

      • Presto Change-o says:

        The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website has updated, yet again, guidelines for testing people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.
        The new language rolls back controversial changes made to the site last month. It once again stresses that anyone who has been in contact with an infected person should be tested for coronavirus.
        “Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection,” it says, calling the change a clarification.

  2. Doc says:

    “As controversies swirl, CDC director is seen as allowing agency to buckle to political influence” (STAT 9/16/20) https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/16/as-controversies-swirl-cdc-director-is-seen-as-allowing-agency-to-buckle-to-political-influence/ “Public health experts at the CDC who led the country’s responses to countless threats over decades — the deadly emergence of HIV, the anthrax attacks of the autumn of 2001, SARS, the H1N1 flu pandemic, and Ebola — have been sidelined and silenced by the administration in the midst of President Trump’s reelection campaign.
    On multiple occasions, guidance documents written by CDC staff — recommendations that are meant to be the most up-to-date distillation of the emerging science on the SARS-CoV-2 virus — have been revised by political appointees in Washington to reflect administration goals.”
    Meanwhile: “Roughly nine weeks’ of previously unpublished federal data provided to the Wall Street Journal shows an average of 120 patients a day contracted the new coronavirus inside U.S. hospitals. Becker’s Hospital Review (9/15/20) https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/public-health-expert-says-new-cdc-data-shows-need-for-hospital-acquired-covid-19-reporting.html
    “The figure comes from data reported by half of U.S. hospitals to the CDC between May 14 and July 14, after which data is unavailable because the government changed its data collection system and dropped the question about new cases of hospital-acquired COVID-19.
    In that timeframe, more than 7,400 patients likely caught COVID-19 in hospitals where they sought care for other conditions. The CDC data didn’t track infections among hospital staff.
    Ashish Jha, MD, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health in Providence, R.I., told the WSJ the data shows the need for federal authorities to revive reporting requirements for new cases of hospital-acquired COVID-19. “We need to know this,” he said.
    The WSJ also points out that the CDC data doesn’t specify the location of reporting hospitals, and the pandemic has hit different regions of the U.S. at different times.”

    “The data, reported by half of U.S. hospitals to the CDC, indicates hospitals have struggled to prevent contagion within their walls, but experts don’t want people to panic.” https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-data-shows-thousands-patients-185550395.html

  3. Trofim Lysenko says:

    “CDC Director Robert Redfield has walked back his Senate testimony that masks work better against COVID-19 than vaccines, after Donald Trump called him ‘confused’ and ‘mistaken’ and dismissed his claims a vaccine will not be available until next year.
    Redfield told a Senate committee Wednesday ‘this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine’ and said a vaccine wouldn’t be widely available to Americans until the second quarter of 2021.
    Hours later Trump hit back at Redfield saying the CDC head was ‘confused’ and must have ‘misunderstood’ the question being asked of him.
    The president said he had called Redfield to set the record straight and said the CDC boss had agreed he ‘answered that question incorrectly’ about the masks.
    Redfield responded on social media Wednesday evening, where he appeared to bow to pressure from the president insisting ‘I 100% believe in the importance of vaccines and the importance in particular of a #COVID19 vaccine’.”
    The top virologist clarified he meant the current ‘best defense’ against the virus is masks and other ‘mitigation efforts’ while there is no vaccine yet on the market.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8742045/CDC-director-walks-Senate-testimony-masks-work-BETTER-against-COVID-19-vaccines.html
    “Trump on COVID vaccine: I know better than the head of CDC” https://news.yahoo.com/trump-on-covid-vaccine-i-know-better-than-the-head-of-cdc-234015699.html

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on September 16, 2020. (Andrew Harnik: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


  4. Truth or consequences says:

    ‘More dire than we think’: Health officials brace for Trump diatribes : The departure of political operative Michael Caputo stokes fears within HHS that feuds with the White House will break into the open. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/trump-caputo-hhs-cdc-417460
    Meanwhile, the CDC has created an interactive map on their website with color-coded risk levels for each county throughout the country. There are four risk levels: Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red — with Green representing the least amount of risk and red being the most – not unlike the color coded National Terrorism Advisory System put in place by the Bush administration six months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Here’s the instructions for learning ‘all the safe ways to celebrate and get in on some Halloween hijinks!” https://www.halloween2020.org/
    But wait, “Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?” https://time.com/5711847/christian-halloween-controversy-history/

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