Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Scientific American - We Canít Allow the CDC to Be Tainted by Politics

  1. #1
    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

    Seshmeister's Avatar
    Member No
    11
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Last Online
    Today @ 12:06 PM
    Location
    Scotland
    Age
    100
    Posts
    32,786
    Status
    Online
    Thanks
    2,502
    Thanked 8,550 Times in 5,469 Posts


    Rep Power
    10

    Scientific American - We Canít Allow the CDC to Be Tainted by Politics

    We Canít Allow the CDC to Be Tainted by Politics




    If science doesnít drive the agencyís crucial weekly reports about disease prevalence and mortality, weíll lose a key tool for fighting this pandemic

    By Richard E. Besser on September 15, 2020





    The CDCís Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, familiarly known as the MMWR, has been around for nearly a century, and is sacrosanct in the public health community. Loaded with reliable, timely data and analyses and authored by the worldís top scientists, it is required reading, especially during a pandemic.

    To meddle with, delay or politicize these reports would be a form of scientific blasphemy as well as a breach of public trust that could undermine the nationís efforts to fight the coronavirus. If public health officials lose confidence in this vital tool and doubt the substance of these reports, the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic will have been dealt yet another setback that stands to play out with greater suffering and more deaths in communities across the country.

    A report in Politico this past weekend suggests that communications officials at the Department of Health and Human Services have been pushing back on, altering and even delaying MMWR reports to better align with a political narrative about the pandemic. E-mails cited by Politico reveal tensions and pushback between political appointees and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists.

    As acting director of the CDC at the dawn of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, I felt the natural tensions that can occur between political appointees and career public health officials at CDC. During my tenure, the science was alwaysówithout exceptionóthe driving force in the review process and in our communications to the public. Indeed, in the many decades Iíve spent in public health, including 13 years at CDC, science has been the arbiter of truth and carried the day no matter the administration or the political party. That must remain the case today.

    The MMWR is among the most sober and least political public health communiques one can imagine. The name itselfóMortality and Morbidity Weekly Reportócould only have been conceived by scientists rather than professional communicators. Iíve reviewed hundreds and co-authored several of these reports, which are notoriously meticulous, built on foundations of data and notably devoid of adjectives. The just-the-facts approach could be frustrating, in fact, because any public health guidance that carried even a whiff of the subjective would be expunged from the reports by science-driven editors. This is as it should be for public health communications written for the public health community, and itís why the integrity of these reports has been second to none.

    In 2009, the first communications from CDC about H1N1 were included in the MMWR. Two cases in California detailed in an MMWR in April of that year gave us an early indication that the virus first reported in Mexico had crossed into the United States. From that point forwardómuch as weíre seeing todayóthe MMWRs would serve as a valuable tool in filling in the gaps in knowledge while informing public health officials in every state in the country, and in real time, what they might be facing. These reports are the keepers of the latest statistics and allow for sharing of information to be used in planning and response during a public health crisis.

    Because the voice of the CDC has largely been silenced during the coronavirus pandemic and unable to regularly reach the public, the MMWRs have become an even more critical conduit for the latest information and data. Produced like clockwork and driven by scientific rigor, they have detailed everything from COVID-19 spread at church events to outbreaks among college students to a comprehensive look at who is dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. The latest report, issued the day the Politico story broke, detailed COVID-19 outbreaks at three Utah childcare facilities. Each report is an important puzzle piece in helping on-the-ground public health officials better understand the virus and emerging epidemiological learnings.

    Since the early weeks of this pandemic, there have been questions about political influence on the science and public health guidelines, and whether the CDC has been able to do the necessary work to inform and lead the federal governmentís response. But even as these debates have raged about whether to mask or not to mask and whether hydroxychloroquine was or wasnít an effective treatment for COVID-19, the MMWRs have continued to produce revelatory and relevant pandemic intelligenceóscientific documents that appeared immune to the dayís politics.

    Instead, we now see the undermining of the publicís trust of our key institutions at the very moment we should be shoring up that trust. In communities of color, in particular, that have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, many already donít trust governmentís role in health and in their lives. Systemic racism has caused, and continues to cause, great harm in these communities. We know from this pandemicís short historyóand from MMWRsóthat Black, Latinx and Native Americans have been bearing the pandemicís greatest toll. As we head into fall and the very real possibility that a coronavirus vaccine will be approved for public distribution, we cannot afford any further disintegration of trust in these communities and beyond. After all, a vaccine only matters if the public at large gets vaccinated.

    The landmark of 200,000 deaths that is fast approaching reflects a scale of tragedy that the United States did not have to bear. CDC science should not be undermined nor the voices of its experts muted, or our nation will suffer a crisis of confidence and trust that will continue to hamper our recovery from this pandemic and open the door for more death and more suffering.

    We cannot let this happen.



    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...d-by-politics/
    Hey Jackass! You need to [Register] or log in to view signatures on ROTHARMY.COM!

  2. #2
    DIAMOND STATUS
    Nitro Express's Avatar
    Member No
    7682
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 04:19 AM
    Location
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Posts
    29,931
    Status
    Offline
    Thanks
    1,163
    Thanked 3,381 Times in 2,750 Posts


    Blog Entries
    5
    Rep Power
    82
    The CDC is a joke. We should just get rid of it and save a lot of money.
    Hey Jackass! You need to [Register] or log in to view signatures on ROTHARMY.COM!

  3. #3
    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

    Seshmeister's Avatar
    Member No
    11
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Last Online
    Today @ 12:06 PM
    Location
    Scotland
    Age
    100
    Posts
    32,786
    Status
    Online
    Thanks
    2,502
    Thanked 8,550 Times in 5,469 Posts


    Rep Power
    10
    Yeah great idea get rid of your national Centre for Disease Control during a pandemic.

    What is wrong with you people?

  4. #4
    Loon
    SUPER MODERATOR

    Nickdfresh's Avatar
    Member No
    8719
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:40 PM
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    Age
    50
    Posts
    47,117
    Status
    Online
    Thanks
    2,915
    Thanked 4,220 Times in 3,173 Posts


    Rep Power
    107
    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro Express View Post
    The CDC is a joke. We should just get rid of it and save a lot of money.
    You're a retard...
    Hey Jackass! You need to [Register] or log in to view signatures on ROTHARMY.COM!

  5. #5
    Talks To Trees
    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

    ZahZoo's Avatar
    Member No
    61
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Last Online
    Today @ 12:03 PM
    Location
    3rd Stone From The Sun
    Posts
    8,086
    Status
    Online
    Thanks
    1,955
    Thanked 2,742 Times in 1,762 Posts


    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    10
    Getting rid of the CDC would not be a wise move. It's vital... not just to the US but the world overall.

    Science has few definitive answers and the more we learn, the more new and challenging questions arise. Thus the dilemma in solving many of the medical mysteries that challenge us. The universe is infinitely more complex than our ability to tackle every problem that confronts us... There are no easy, nor 100% applicable solutions for most things.

    The CDC could use better management and far better messaging.
    Hey Jackass! You need to [Register] or log in to view signatures on ROTHARMY.COM!

  6. #6
    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

    Seshmeister's Avatar
    Member No
    11
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Last Online
    Today @ 12:06 PM
    Location
    Scotland
    Age
    100
    Posts
    32,786
    Status
    Online
    Thanks
    2,502
    Thanked 8,550 Times in 5,469 Posts


    Rep Power
    10
    It's the same with the EPA. It's this new attitude we have these days where if your doctor tells you that you have cancer the solution is to keep sacking them until you find one that says you don't.

  7. Thanked Seshmeister for this KICKASS post:

    Nickdfresh (09-30-2020)


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Is Alex Jones pushing lead-tainted products?
    By FORD in forum The Front Line
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-22-2017, 01:55 PM
  2. How Gary Hartís Downfall Forever Changed American Politics
    By Seshmeister in forum The Front Line
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-28-2014, 07:38 PM
  3. Tainted Love
    By Fabulous Shadow in forum Max's Non VH/DLR Related Stuff
    Replies: 91
    Last Post: 02-13-2005, 04:35 PM
  4. The Ukraine to Nullify Tainted Elections
    By Nickdfresh in forum The Front Line
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-01-2004, 07:22 PM
  5. Politics Is Politics No Matter Who Is In The White House.
    By Wayne L. in forum The Front Line
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-28-2004, 12:28 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •