Politico: Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids

Politico: Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids. “In early September, as many school districts were still deciding whether to hold in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention altered the title of a scientific report on the coronavirus and removed words like ‘pediatric’ from its text, days after a Trump administration appointee requested similar changes, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.”

Minneapolis StarTribune: COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation

Minneapolis StarTribune: COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation. “A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.”

American Independent: CDC director contradicts Trump: 90% of Americans ‘still susceptible’ to coronavirus

American Independent: CDC director contradicts Trump: 90% of Americans ‘still susceptible’ to coronavirus. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield testified on Wednesday that ‘more than 90% of the population’ in the United States is ‘still susceptible’ to the COVID-19 virus. Redfield cited an ongoing study across the country, which he said he expects to be published soon. His comments are in stark contrast to those of Donald Trump, who has continued to push for the country to reopen despite the rising death toll of the virus, which has claimed over 200,000 lives.”

New York Times: Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings

New York Times: Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings. ” Top White House officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer to downplay the risk of sending children back to school, a strikingly political intervention in one of the most sensitive public health debates of the pandemic, according to documents and interviews with current and former government officials. As part of their behind-the-scenes effort, White House officials also tried to circumvent the C.D.C. in a search for alternate data showing that the pandemic was weakening and posed little danger to children.”

USA Today: How the CDC failed public health officials fighting the coronavirus

USA Today: How the CDC failed public health officials fighting the coronavirus. “As the virus raced across America, state and local authorities sought help from the CDC, the $7 billion federal agency established to lead the nation through pandemics. Instead of answers, many received slow, confusing and conflicting information – or no response at all – a USA TODAY investigation found. Reporters reviewed 42,000 pages of emails and memos obtained from health departments and interviewed more than 100 community leaders and public health experts, including current and former CDC officials.”

New York Times: Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data

New York Times: Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data . “President Trump on Wednesday rejected the professional scientific conclusions of his own government about the prospects for a widely available coronavirus vaccine and the effectiveness of masks in curbing the spread of the virus as the death toll in the United States from the disease neared 200,000.”

Politico: Democrats launch probe into Trump officials’ Covid-report tampering

Politico: Democrats launch probe into Trump officials’ Covid-report tampering. “House Democrats are launching an investigation into how Trump appointees have pressured officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change or delay scientific reports on coronavirus, citing POLITICO reporting that found political interference in the publishing process.”

E&E News: Pandemic politics undercut CDC advice on hurricane shelters

E&E News: Pandemic politics undercut CDC advice on hurricane shelters. “With hurricane season in full swing, the Trump administration’s public sidelining of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic could stoke fears about the safety of hurricane shelters, experts worry.”

CNN: Fauci says he was in surgery when task force discussed CDC testing guidelines

CNN: Fauci says he was in surgery when task force discussed CDC testing guidelines. “White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was undergoing surgery and not in the August 20 task force meeting for the discussion on updated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19, even if they’ve been in close contact with an infected person.”

CNN: CDC was pressured ‘from the top down’ to change coronavirus testing guidance, official says

CNN: CDC was pressured ‘from the top down’ to change coronavirus testing guidance, official says. “A sudden change in federal guidelines on coronavirus testing came this week as a result of pressure from the upper ranks of the Trump administration, a federal health official close to the process tells CNN, and a key White House coronavirus task force member was not part of the meeting when the new guidelines were discussed.”

CNN: Don’t argue with anti-maskers, CDC warns stores

CNN: Don’t argue with anti-maskers, CDC warns stores. “The procedures that retail and service businesses have been advised to implement under CDC guidelines include enforcing mask wearing, social distancing and limiting the number of customers allowed in a business at one time. But the CDC warns that workers could be threatened or assaulted for employing these safety measures, describing violence ranging from yelling and swearing to slapping and choking the employees.”

Editorial: Make COVID-19 patient data fully transparent (Mercury News)

Mercury News: Editorial: Make COVID-19 patient data fully transparent. “For decades, under Democratic and Republican administrations, the CDC was one of the most trusted federal government agencies. A 2019 Pew Research Center survey revealed that it had an 80% favorability rating, ranking only behind the U.S. Postal Service (90%), the National Park Service (86%) and NASA (81%). The CDC’s reputation has fallen considerably this year, beginning with its failure to mass produce successful test kits in February. But the nation needs a strong, independent federal agency that protects Americans from health threats. The Trump administration must stop undermining the CDC and make all COVID-19 data available to the public.”

New York Times: Internal CDC documents warn full reopening of schools is ‘highest risk’ for coronavirus spread (CNN)

CNN: New York Times: Internal CDC documents warn full reopening of schools is ‘highest risk’ for coronavirus spread. “Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the ‘highest risk’ for the spread of coronavirus, according to a New York Times report, as President Donald Trump and his administration push for students and teachers to return in-person to classrooms.”

Yahoo News: After months of being silenced, CDC is easing back into public view

Yahoo News: After months of being silenced, CDC is easing back into public view. “On June 12, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did something it had not done for months: It held a press briefing. Widely touted as the finest public health agency in the world, the CDC had been dormant since March 9, when one of its top officials held a teleconference with journalists.”

Pew: Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!- yes, I must do it here too.): Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News. “As Americans continue to process a steady flow of information about the coronavirus outbreak – from changing infection and death rates to new testing protocols and evolving social distancing guidelines – they give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health organizations the highest rating when it comes to getting the facts right. And they give Donald Trump and his administration the lowest rating for ‘getting the facts right’ among five key sources of COVID-19 information, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 9,654 U.S. adults conducted June 4-10, 2020, as part of the American News Pathways project.”