The constant flip flopping from the CDC officials and recommendations, since the beginning of this pandemic, has many wondering how America’s top health organization could be so inept and inconsistent. From both sides of the travel ban, both sides of masks, both sides of asymptotic spreading, both sides of protesting, and constantly inaccurate data on deaths and positivity rates, people are starting ask if it’s more than just consistent mistakes.
Starting Wednesday, hospitals have been instructed to start sending daily patient data directly to a centralized database run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS spokesman, Michael R. Caputo, told the NYT :
“the new, faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus, and the CDC, an operating division of HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response. They will simply no longer control it.”
The old way was lagging by a week, and this new system operates in real time.
A senior source told UncoverDC that there's a reason the Trump administration is requiring changes to the CDC's old way of doing things.
One, they were using old, outdated systems that were still operating via fax in many cases.
Another reason was apparent politicization of the CDC.
“We have scientists who are working against the release of diagnostics that will help heal the American people, and we in the administration are concerned they will do the same thing with a vaccine. CDC has been doing studies and presenting analysis that is designed to hurt the President. They are laying out junk science, that is designed to discredit the President, and they are putting out reports that are designed to frighten the American people. They are leaking, they are talking to the media, and removing data from the website and doing whatever it takes to interrupt the Presidents coronavirus response.”
The CDC also wasn't putting up all of their data on their website. They were holding some back, the source says.
Critics say the Trump administration is taking visibly from the CDC and the public but that's not the case.
The data will still be available at the CDC website, and will not be held from the public, as some media outlets have alleged. Administration officials stressed that having such granular control over data is crucial to Coronavirus response, and the concern about politicization of the virus hampering response and leading to illness and in some cases, death, was extremely alarming.
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