The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—once “the world’s most admired public health agency”—has suffered a loss of institutional credibility during the Covid-19 pandemic, at the time it was most needed. The CDC responded to the pandemic with technical mistakes and botched messaging, while also facing false accusations and interference from the Trump administration.
Writer: Rebecca Nathanson
Even after appearing to have recovered from Covid-19, many ''long haulers'' continue to suffer headaches, muscle weakness, fatigue and cognitive difficulties, such as an inability to concentrate, for weeks or even months.
The federal agency changed information on its website saying the virus can be transmitted more than six feet and ventilation is key, then removed it, saying it had been posted in error. Experts say the information would have been of value to the public.
As U.S. Death Toll Nears 200,000, U.N. Secretary General Calls Coronavirus Pandemic the World’s Number One Security Threat
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called the Covid-19 pandemic the “number one threat to global security in our world today.” After marked declines, new coronavirus cases have come roaring back in Europe, while the U.S. death toll nears 200,000.
Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are predicted to reach almost 300,000 by December 1--135,000 above the current toll of more than 160,000 confirmed fatalities--according to an influential University of Washington model. With Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stalemate over terms of another coronavirus relief package, President Trump says he might take unilateral action.