New York Times: Battered by Trump, the C.D.C.’s Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out

New York Times: Battered by Trump, the C.D.C.’s Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out. “Pressure is mounting on the leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — from inside and outside the agency — to speak publicly against the White House’s manhandling of C.D.C. research and public health decisions, with career scientists so demoralized they are talking of quitting if President Trump wins re-election.”

Bloomberg: CDC Money for Covid Tracking, Tests Has Been Stalled for Months

Bloomberg: CDC Money for Covid Tracking, Tests Has Been Stalled for Months. “The bulk of a $1 billion funding package intended to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. has remained unspent since being authorized more than five months ago, according to people familiar with the matter.”

NPR: CDC Acknowledges Coronavirus Can Spread Via Airborne Transmission

NPR: CDC Acknowledges Coronavirus Can Spread Via Airborne Transmission. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the coronavirus can be spread through airborne particles that can linger in the air ‘for minutes or even hours’ — even among people who are more than 6 feet apart.”

USA Today: White House rebuffed CDC offer to lead contact tracing investigation of Trump outbreak

USA Today: White House rebuffed CDC offer to lead contact tracing investigation of Trump outbreak. “The White House rejected on Monday an offer from the nation’s public health experts to lead the effort to track down and notify Americans who were exposed to a growing coronavirus outbreak linked to President Donald Trump and several top aides.”

AP: Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

AP: Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused. “Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus, according to two former health officials. The action has so far caused nearly 150,000 children and adults to be expelled from the country.”

Washington Post: CDC’s credibility is eroded by internal blunders and external attacks as coronavirus vaccine campaigns loom

Washington Post: CDC’s credibility is eroded by internal blunders and external attacks as coronavirus vaccine campaigns loom. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was created to stop deadly pathogens. It battled malaria and polio. It helped eradicate smallpox. It sent intrepid disease doctors to Africa to fight Ebola. Over the course of seven decades, it became the world’s most admired public health agency. The CDC had been preparing for decades for this moment — the arrival of a virus rampaging across the planet, inflicting widespread death and suffering. But 2020 has been a disaster for the CDC.”

CNN: Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages

CNN: Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages. “President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team because their sober messaging on the future of the pandemic clashes with his rosy assessments. Trump believes that breakthroughs are not coming swiftly enough, according to people familiar with the President’s thinking. Trump’s frustrations have caused some to question whether Redfield is on the chopping block, but a Trump adviser said they did not expect the President to make major staffing changes before the election.”

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked. “The White House has blocked a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February, a step that would have displeased the politically powerful tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida.”

Despair at CDC after Trump influence: ‘I have never seen morale this low’ (The Hill)

The Hill: Despair at CDC after Trump influence: ‘I have never seen morale this low’. “The Trump administration’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent efforts to meddle with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking a substantial toll on the nation’s foremost public health institution. In interviews with half a dozen current and former CDC officials, they described a workforce that has seen its expertise questioned, its findings overturned for political purposes and its effectiveness in combating the pandemic undermined by partisan actors in Washington.”

Washington Post: Yes, airborne transmission is happening. The CDC needs to set the record straight.

Washington Post: Yes, airborne transmission is happening. The CDC needs to set the record straight.. “The science here is fairly straightforward. When you talk or sing — or even just breathe — you emit a range of particles of different sizes. Yes, there might be one or two particles that are large enough to see and that fall to the ground within six feet, but there are also thousands of particles that are smaller than five microns (or five millionths of a meter). Such particles stay aloft for minutes to hours and can travel all the way across a room on natural air currents. They don’t stop at six feet. They will stay in the air in the room until they are pushed outdoors by ventilation, trapped on a filter if you have one, or deposited in your lungs. More importantly, among particles that stay in the air long enough to be inhaled, those smaller than five microns actually carry more virus than the larger ones, counterintuitively.”

Washington Post: CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong

Washington Post: CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong. “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.”

New York Times: Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science

New York Times: Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science. “On June 30, as the coronavirus was cresting toward its summer peak, Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, composed a scathing two-page critique of an interview given by an experienced scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C. and its principal deputy director, had appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, ‘We have way too much virus across the country.’ But Dr. Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods, appeared sure he understood the coronavirus better.”

New York Times: C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections

New York Times: C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections. “A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The New York Times.”

Politico: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19

Politico: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19. “The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.”