33 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.
        https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/health/covid-testing-guidance-update-cdc-bn/index.html

  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)

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  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/

  5. FUBAR says:

    “CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/09/21/cdc-covid-aerosols-airborne-guidelines/
    On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention edited its Web page describing how the novel coronavirus spreads, removing recently added language saying it was “possible” that it spreads via airborne transmission. It was the third major revision to CDC information or guidelines published since May.
    The agency had posted information Friday stating the virus can transmit over a distance beyond six feet, suggesting that indoor ventilation is key to protecting against a virus that has now killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
    The CDC shifted its guidelines Friday, but the change was not widely noticed until a CNN report Sunday. Where the agency previously warned that the virus mostly spreads through large drops encountered at close range, on Friday, it had said “small particles, such as those in aerosols,” were a common vector.
    But Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious disease, said the Friday update was posted in error. “Unfortunately an early draft of a revision went up without any technical review,” he said.

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  6. Butcher's bill says:

    CDC assessing plan to get Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls reopened after coronavirus outbreak (Sioux Falls Argus Leader April 16, 2020) https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2020/04/16/smithfield-foods-coronavirus-sioux-falls-cdc-assess-plan-reopen/5144291002/
    “Sen. Cramer comments on CDC guidance for meat processing facilities” (KBTX West Dakota Fox TV news April 27, 2020) https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Sen-Cramer-issues-guidance-for-meat-and-poultry-processing-facilities-569973431.html
    “Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open” (ProPublica Sept 14, 2020) https://www.propublica.org/article/emails-show-the-meatpacking-industry-drafted-an-executive-order-to-keep-plants-open
    “CDC director’s office ordered softening of Covid safety protocols : In a TRMS exclusive, Rachel Maddow reports on the CDC changing the language on its own coronavirus safety protocols for a South Dakota Smithfield meat processing plant to make the language more optional on orders from CDC Director Robert Redfield’s office” (MSNBC September 22, 2020) https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/cdc-director-s-office-ordered-softening-of-covid-safety-protocols-92362309670

  7. Loose lips... says:

    “CDC director takes aim at Trump’s Covid adviser: ‘Everything he says is false’ : Robert Redfield overheard criticizing taskforce’s Scott Atlas” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/28/covid-coronavirus-cdc-director-robert-redfield-trump-adviser-scott-atlas
    “Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.
    “Everything he says is false,” Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.
    Redfield acknowledged after the flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., that he was speaking about Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no background in infectious diseases or public health. Atlas was brought on to the White House task force in August.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/redfield-voices-alarm-over-influence-trump-s-new-coronavirus-task-n1241221
    “On Thursday [Sept. 24] dozens of doctors and researchers from Stanford University emphasized that they won’t be silenced after hearing they may face legal action after criticizing the White House’s coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas.
    Earlier this month, Stanford academics penned an open letter calling out Atlas, a former colleague, for spreading what they characterized as “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” In particular, the authors expressed concern about Atlas advocating against the use of masks and other public health measures.
    “Many of his opinions and statements run counter to established science and, by doing so, undermine public-health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy,” the letter states.”
    See also “Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook : Unlike Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, the new senior adviser is telling the president what he likes to hear.” (8/17/20) https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/17/trump-scott-atlas-coronavirus-doctor-396741

  8. Going, going... says:

    “The head of a top U.S. government health agency gave a grim assessment of the coronavirus pandemic that contradicts that of President Donald Trump, saying “We’re nowhere near the end,” NBC News reported on Monday.” https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2020-09-28/cdc-director-contradicts-trump-on-coronavirus-were-nowhere-near-the-end-nbc
    “Trump publicly dismissed congressional testimony by Redfield earlier this month on when a vaccine could be broadly rolled out, calling him “confused.”
    The U.S. president, who was reluctant to urge Americans to wear masks until recently, also criticized Redfield for saying wearing a mask can be just as effective as a vaccine.
    The CDC director made his position clear.
    “If every one of us did it, this pandemic would be over in eight to 12 weeks,” Redfield told NBC.
    The CDC did not immediately return a request for comment on Redfield’s reported remarks.”
    See also: “Trump Counters Testimony Of His CDC Director On Vaccines, Masks” (Kaiser Health News Sept 17, 2020) https://khn.org/morning-breakout/trump-counters-testimony-of-his-cdc-director-on-vaccines-masks/

  9. Update says:

    “CDC’s credibility is eroded by internal blunders and external attacks as coronavirus vaccine campaigns loom : For decades, the agency stood at the forefront of fighting disease outbreaks. This time, it’s dealing with a crisis of its own.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/09/28/cdc-under-attack/
    T”he number of coronavirus cases reported in the United States topped 7 million over the weekend. At least 204,000 fatalities have been recorded nationwide, and the global death toll is on the brink of reaching 1 million.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/09/28/coronavirus-covid-live-updates-us/
    “The U.S. is “not in a good place” as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases continues to swell beyond 40,000 people every day, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/28/the-us-is-not-in-a-good-place-as-coronavirus-cases-grow-beyond-.html
    (8/17/20): COVID-19 is currently the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., eight months after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/512427-covid-19-now-no-3-cause-of-death-in-us

  10. Totenschiff says:

    “CDC director overruled on cruise ship ban” https://www.axios.com/scoop-white-house-overruled-cdc-cruise-ships-florida-91442136-1b8e-442e-a2a1-0b24e9a39fb6.html
    “The White House blocked a February extension of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “no sail” order for cruise ships, The New York Times and Axios reported.
    CDC Director Robert Redfield reportedly recommended an extension of the current order, which is set to expire on Wednesday, during a coronavirus task force meeting on Tuesday.
    But a senior health official told the Times and sources told Axios that Redfield was ultimately overruled as the administration plans to extend the order until Oct. 31 and then allow ships to sail.
    Public health officials have reportedly said the rejection of Redfield’s recommendation is politically motivated to avoid upsetting the cruise industry in Florida, a swing state ahead of the election that a number of polls show a neck-and-neck race between Trump and Joe Biden.” https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/518975-white-house-blocked-extending-no-sail-cruise-ship-order-until-february
    The CDC did not immediately return a request from The Hill for comment.
    The CDC reports 2,973 cruise-related COVID-19 or COVID-19-like cases and 34 deaths between March 1 and July 10, according to the Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/30/health/covid-cruise-ships.html

    “The Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund, recently purchased a large stake in the embattled cruise line Carnival. Public Investment disclosed that it owns 43.5 million Carnival shares (ticker: CCL) as of Monday in a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.” (April 6, 2020) https://www.barrons.com/articles/saudi-arabia-bought-a-huge-stake-in-carnival-51586182943

  11. DON"T PANIC! says:

    “Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic” https://www.businessinsider.com/pence-banned-cdc-extending-cruise-ban-axios-2020-9
    “Privately, some White House officials describe [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert] Redfield with disdain and try to paint his agency as a hotbed of the “Deep State,” full of career officials determined to thwart President Trump.” https://www.axios.com/scoop-white-house-overruled-cdc-cruise-ships-florida-91442136-1b8e-442e-a2a1-0b24e9a39fb6.html
    “CDC slowing pace on releasing new coronavirus health guidance : The agency hasn’t updated new health guidance since Sept. 24.” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cdc-places-moratorium-releasing-coronavirus-health-guidance/story?id=73351190 “CDC silenced as new warning emerges for coronavirus infections” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3q_O7fy_g8
    Coronavirus detected in lake water, researchers find. Experts say don’t panic. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/covid19-detected-lake-water-dont-panic-191828650.html

  12. Clusterfck says:

    The Trump administration’s more-than-$300 million “public advertising and awareness campaign” on the COVID-19 pandemic is floundering as A-list celebrities back away and staff at the Department of Health and Human Services express opposition, according to reporting by Politico. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/a-boondoggle-trump-admin-s-300m-covid-19-ad-campaign-flounders/
    Interviews with participants and others in the Health and Human Services Department paint a picture of a chaotic effort, scrambling to meet an unofficial Election Day deadline, floundering in the wake of the medical leave of its architect, Michael Caputo, and running up against increasing resistance among career staff.
    “This is a boondoggle,” said an HHS official who requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive department project. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic … we could use that quarter of a billion dollars on buying PPE [personal protective equipment], not promoting PSAs [Public Service Announcements] with C-list celebrities.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/29/hhs-ad-blitz-sputters-as-celebrities-back-away-423274
    The video firm recommended by HHS to execute the campaign, DD&T, is led by a filmmaker who had no prior experience making U.S. public health campaigns and is also the business partner of Caputo, the Trump loyalist who served as the health department’s spokesperson before taking leave this month.
    DD&T is currently a subcontractor to Atlas Research, a firm hired by HHS in August for $15 million to begin executing the ad campaign. Atlas Research referred questions about the campaign to the HHS public affairs office, which defended the campaign’s goals and pace.
    Inside the health department, there are grave concerns about the ad campaign, which Caputo has publicly said was personally “demanded” by Trump, and is being funded by $300 million abruptly taken from the Centers for Disease Control.
    Caputo’s health department also awarded a $250 million contract to the market research firm of Fors Marsh https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/31/hhs-contract-coronavirus-despair-hope-406361
    Caputo has been unable to personally execute his vision, having taken medical leave on Sept. 16, but the project has continued to be driven by two people with close ties to him. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/29/hhs-ad-blitz-sputters-as-celebrities-back-away-423274 See also “House Oversight expands probe of pandemic ad blitz” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/01/house-oversight-expands-probe-of-pandemic-ad-blitz-424659 and Oct 1 letter https://coronavirus.house.gov/sites/democrats.coronavirus.house.gov/files/2020-10-01.CBM%20Clyburn%20to%20Tolmor%20re%20DD%26T%20Group.pdf

  13. Reality ✓ says:

    White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation
    The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/health/coronavirus-covid-masks-cdc.html
    Senate Democrats are calling on an internal government watchdog agency to investigate allegations that the White House has sought to undermine coronavirus messaging from government experts that conflicts with President Donald Trump’s political priorities. https://6abc.com/senate-dems-ask-government-watchdog-to-investigate-political-pressure-on-fda-cdc/6892792/
    White House declines offers from CDC to help with contact tracing https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/politics/white-house-contact-tracing/index.html (10/6/20)
    President Trump and his staff defied CDC coronavirus guidelines 27 times since Sept. 1 (10/6/20) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/10/06/trump-covid-19-24-times-trump-administration-violated-cdc-guidelines/3636834001/
    CDC Study Details ‘Urgent Need’ to Address Coronavirus Spread Among Young Adults
    The research found that increases in the positivity rate among people 24 and younger were followed by several weeks of increasing positivity rates in those aged 25 and older. https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-10-09/cdc-study-details-urgent-need-to-address-coronavirus-spread-among-young-adults

  14. Footnote says:

    “Dr. William Foege doesn’t know how his private letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, got leaked — but he stands by its contents.
    “I think we’ve got about the worst response to this pandemic that you could possibly have,” said Foege, who served as CDC director from 1977 to 1983, spanning the Carter and Reagan administrations, in an interview with NPR.” https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/08/921872526/past-cdc-director-urges-current-one-to-stand-up-to-trump
    Dr. Foege’s Sept 23rd letter to Robert Redfield https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7222830-Foege-Letter.html
    Dr. Foege is an American physician and epidemiologist who is credited with “devising the global strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Foege#Career

  15. Update says:

    CDC rewrites definition for coronavirus ‘close contact’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/21/cumulative-time-covid-19-spread/
    The new definition of “close contact” issued on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will sharply expand the pool of those deemed in danger of being infected by the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact

  16. Breaking News says:

    “CDC investigating Multistate Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats” https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s1023-multistate-outbreak-listeria.html
    10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 3 states. All 10 people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida. The exact source has not been tracked down but the CDC says if you are pregnant, over 65, or have a weakened immune system, to not eat deli meat or take extra precautions.
    Map: People infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes, by state of residence, as of October 22, 2020 (n=10)

    • Comorbidities says:

      Three Democratic US senators have asked the US Health and Human Services Secretary and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director to explain what they’re doing to investigate a “highly alarming” excess of deaths in the United States, above and beyond the more than 200,000 fatalities directly attributed to Covid-19. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/health/covid-excess-deaths-senators-letter/index.html
      “Newly released CDC data reveal that ‘an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 (66%) excess deaths attributed to Covid-19.’ These are highly alarming data, revealing that, in addition to the horrific toll known from Covid-19 in the United States, over 100,000 more fatalities may have been directly or indirectly associated with the pandemic,” Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin and Tina Smith wrote.
      They asked HHS and the CDC to answer questions including what specific data CDC and HHS are collecting on the excess mortality rate in the United States since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and what the agencies understand to be the reasons for the excess mortality rate.

      CDC: Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19 : Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

      Excess deaths show the true impact of COVID-19 in the U.S. https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/09/01/comorbidities-and-coronavirus-deaths-cdc/

  17. Huh? says:

    “People who have Covid-19 or who have been exposed can vote in person, CDC says” https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/02/health/vote-in-person-with-covid-cdc-wellness/index.html
    Meanwhile, during a week in which doctors, experts, governors and the Coronavirus Task Force have warned that COVID is spreading indoors among families, the CDC has just released a report confirming that household spread was common and quick anong the families it studied. “Household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is common and occurs early after illness onset. Persons should self-isolate immediately at the onset of COVID-like symptoms, at the time of testing as a result of a high risk exposure, or at time of a positive test result, whichever comes first,” the authors reported on October 30th. “All household members, including the index case, should wear masks within shared spaces in the household.” https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/covid-spreads-quickly-warns-cdc-120230689.html

  18. Lab rat says:

    “An internal review document obtained by NPR reveals officials at the CDC knew debut COVID-19 diagnostic tests were faulty but released them anyway. This made it difficult for cases to be detected and then isolated.
    NPR reports that this effort was thwarted when the CDC released it’s test kits because the tests had a high failure rate; the first COVID-19 diagnostic tests had a chance of being wrong 33 percent of the time. Despite this dismal evaluation, the public health agency opted to release the test kits anyway.
    The explosive report stated that in addition to the early warning of a problem with the tests, an internal review body from the CDC found problems in the Respiratory Viruses Diagnostic Laboratory, including “process failures, a lack of appropriate recognized laboratory quality standards, and organizational problems related to the support and management of a laboratory supporting an outbreak response.” https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/medical-advances/524784-cdc-knew-first-coronavirus-test-was-flawed-but

    NPR: “CDC Report: Officials Knew Coronavirus Test Was Flawed But Released It Anyway” https://www.npr.org/2020/11/06/929078678/cdc-report-officials-knew-coronavirus-test-was-flawed-but-released-it-anyway
    See also “An NPR investigation has found irregularities in the process by which the Trump administration awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Pittsburgh company to collect key data about COVID-19 from the country’s hospitals.
    The contract is at the center of a controversy over the administration’s decision to move that data reporting function from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has tracked infection information for a range of illnesses for years — to the Department of Health and Human Services. (NPR 7/29/20) https://www.npr.org/2020/07/29/896645314/irregularities-in-covid-reporting-contract-award-process-raises-new-questions

  19. Will C. says:

    “CDC: Thousands of COVID-19 patients returned to hospitals within two months of initial release” https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/11/09/metro/cdc-thousands-covid-19-patients-returned-hospitals-within-two-months-initial-release/

    Similar to bacteria evolving resistance to antibiotics, viruses can evolve resistance to vaccines, and the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 could undermine the effectiveness of vaccines that are currently under development, according to a paper published today (November 9, 2020) in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by David Kennedy and Andrew Read from Pennsylvania State University, USA. The authors also offer recommendations to vaccine developers for minimizing the likelihood of this outcome. https://scitechdaily.com/sars-cov-2-could-evolve-resistance-rendering-covid-19-vaccines-ineffective/

  20. Update says:

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report saying that programs meant to detect coronavirus cases among air travelers have been ineffective.
    The CDC specifically looked at the protocols implemented at selected airports to check temperatures and monitor symptoms among travelers from countries known to have a high rate of virus spread.
    “Symptom-based screening programs are ineffective because of the nonspecific clinical presentation of COVID-19 and asymptomatic cases,” the report stated.” https://thehill.com/news-by-subject/healthcare/525744-cdc-says-screening-air-passengers-for-virus-symptoms-ineffective
    CDC: “Risk Assessment and Management of COVID-19 Among Travelers Arriving at Designated U.S. Airports, January 17–September 13, 2020” https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6945a4.htm?s_cid=mm6945a4_x

  21. Update says:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has quietly removed controversial guidance from its website that pushed for schools to reopen in the fall and downplayed the transmission risks of COVID-19 to children and others. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/526370-cdc-quietly-removes-guidance-pushing-for-school-reopenings
    The documents, one of which was reportedly written by political appointees outside of the CDC, stated that children appear to be at lower risk for contracting COVID-19 compared to adults and that children are unlikely to be major spreaders of the virus.
    The CDC removed two guidance documents from its website in late October with no public announcement.
    When reached for comment, a CDC spokesperson said, “Some of the prior content was outdated and as new scientific information has emerged the site has been updated to reflect current knowledge about COVID-19 and schools.”

  22. Doc says:

    “Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says” https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/20/health/cdc-coronavirus-spread-asymptomatic-website-wellness/index.html
    “CDC raises warning against cruise travel to highest level, strengthens international flight guidelines” https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/11/22/cdc-advises-against-cruise-travel-all-people-should-avoid-worldwide/6382599002/
    As the Pandemic Surges, C.D.C. Issues Increasingly Assertive Advice : Agency scientists often contradict the Trump administration now, but critics urge a more public stance. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/health/coronavirus-cdc-trump.html

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