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.”

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.”

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.”

Washington Post: CDC coronavirus test kits were likely contaminated, federal review confirms

Washington Post: CDC coronavirus test kits were likely contaminated, federal review confirms. “The test kits for detecting the nation’s earliest cases of the novel coronavirus failed because of ‘likely’ contamination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose scientists did not thoroughly check the kits despite ‘anomalies’ during manufacturing, according to a new federal review. The review, conducted by two Department of Health and Human Services lawyers, also said there was ‘time pressure’ at the CDC to launch testing, and ‘lab practices that may have been insufficient to prevent the risk of contamination.’ The lawyers, from the department’s general counsel’s office, were not named.”

Yahoo News: Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Yahoo News: Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’. “Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus cases in the U.S. ‘have stabilized,’ a document produced that same day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and circulated to the other government agencies warns that infections in the U.S. have increased more than 18 percent.”