CDC Director Redfield: Trump, Pence Should Wear Masks to Set Example

CDC Director Redfield: Trump, Pence Should Wear Masks to Set Example

CDC Director Redfield: Trump, Pence Should Wear Masks to Set Example

She said hospitals were not being adequate while reporting data and brought together a working group to devise the new plan. And now, in a move that's shocking public health officials, the Trump administration has ordered that hospital data related to the pandemic will no longer be sent to the CDC, but instead to the administration itself.

"We are not defenseless against COVID-19", said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. The news has dismayed public health experts as the data will not be open to the public, unlike CDC data, and will not be available to researchers who now rely on CDC data to make decisions and projections. "They will simply no longer control it".

"What logic does this have, other than to take away the data from the epidemiologists that are the best in the world at looking at this data, making sense of it, translating it for people, versus giving it to HHS", he asked on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning.

The change came after a conference call between White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and hospital executives. "Not only should the data be coming to CDC, but CDC should be talking to the public through the media every day", Besser told Gupta in an interview.

"But we need them to set the example, as you said, for other individuals".

To date, more than 130,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.

Additional data in today's MMWR showed that immediately after the White House Coronavirus Task Force and CDC advised Americans to wear cloth face coverings when leaving home, the proportion of US adults who chose to do so increased, with 3 in 4 reporting they had adopted the recommendation in a national internet survey. Trump responded that governors go by guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and "that's good".

"Unfortunately, their sound science is being challenged with partisan potshots, sowing confusion and mistrust at a time when the American people need leadership, expertise and clarity".

It added that a national internet survey also showed that 76 percent of respondents said they had adopted the advice to wear face masks when leaving home.

"Centralizing control of all data under the umbrella of an inherently political apparatus is risky and breeds mistrust", said Dr. Nicole Lurie, former assistant secretary for preparation and response under former President Barack Obama.

Calling the change "a honest effort to streamline and improve data collection", Dr. Orlowski said the Trump administration had pledged in "a verbal discussion" that the data sent to the system would continue to be publicly released or at least give hospitals access to it.

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