Tag Archives: CDC

Trump Complaint Spurs New CDC Guidance On Schools

NBC News reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release additional guidance next week on how to reopen schools safely, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing at the Department of Education. The guidance, however, is only a recommendation and will not replace state and local decision-making, Pence said. Recommendations on …

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CDC: Consider All Alternatives To In-Person Voting

The Washington Post reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early voting options for November amid fears of spreading the coronavirus. President Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that one popular alternative — mail-in ballots — promotes widespread voter …

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US Again Breaks Single-Day Record For New Cases

The BBC reports: The United States recorded an all-time daily high of 40,000 coronavirus infections on Thursday, figures from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) show. A recent surge in infections and hospitalisations has prompted some states and cities to pause reopening plans. JHU’s previous high of 36,400 was on 24 April when less testing took place. The US has 2.4 million …

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CDC: Infections Likely 10X Higher Than Known Cases

ABC News reports: Nearly 25 million Americans may have contracted the coronavirus, a figure ten times higher than the number of confirmed cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. In a briefing with reporters Thursday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said surveys of blood samples taken from around the country suggest that millions of Americans may have contracted …

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FDA Issues Recall After Salad Parasite Sickens 100+

ABC News reports: The Food and Drug Administration today has recalled bagged salad distributed to a dozen Midwestern states by Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco grocery stores after 122 people in seven states were sickened. Nineteen have been hospitalized. The salad mix is contaminated with cyclospora, a parasite that can cause severe diarrhea. The salad mix is packaged as Hy-Vee Brand …

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CDC Head Blames Budget Cuts For COVID Failures

CNN reports: Covid-19 has “brought this nation to its knees,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday in a House hearing. “We’ve all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus,” Redfield said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Redfield said the virus has highlighted decades of …

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Politico: WH Planning To Position CDC As “Scapegoat”

Politico reports: White House officials are putting a target on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, positioning the agency as a coronavirus scapegoat as cases surge in many states and the U.S. falls behind other nations that are taming the pandemic. Trump administration aides in recent weeks have seriously discussed launching an in-depth evaluation of the agency to chart …

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Experts Fear WH May Rush To Approve Ineffective Vax

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has promised that there will be a coronavirus vaccine before the year is out. But public health experts are growing increasingly worried that the White House will pressure regulators to approve the first vaccine candidate to show promise — without proof that it provides effective, reliable protection against the virus. Data on the vaccines’ safety …

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New CDC Guidance Urges Organizers Of Large Events To Have Staff Wear Masks If People Will Be Shouting

Reuters reports: New guidance from federal health officials urges the organizers of large gatherings to require the use of face coverings among staff. The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “strongly encourages” masks in settings “where individuals might raise their voice” for shouting, chanting or singing. The new recommendations come after President Trump announced he will …

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Pharma CEOs Made 4X CDC Pandemic Budget In 2019

Axios reports: The CEOs of 179 health care companies took home almost $2.5 billion in 2019, a majority of which came from cashing out stock, according to an Axios analysis of financial filings. The big picture: That amount is four times what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to study and prepare for all “emerging and zoonotic infectious …

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CDC Issues List Of Guidelines For Reopening Offices

Axios reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Wednesday detailing how office buildings can reopen following months of social distancing amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. That includes proper ventilation systems, increasing the flow of outdoor air and ensuring no hazards emerged during the shutdown. Sick employees should be sent home and “enhanced” cleaning and disinfection …

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New CDC Guidance: 35% Of COVID+ Are Asymptomatic

CNN reports: In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic. The CDC also says its “best estimate” is that 0.4% of people who show symptoms and have Covid-19 will die, and the agency estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission …

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CDC Study Links Fatal COVID Cluster To Rural Church

Axios reports: 35 of the 92 people (38%) who attended services at a rural Arkansas church March 6–11 tested positive for the coronavirus, ultimately killing three, according to a case study released Tuesday by the CDC. Why it matters: Places of worship continue to be a problem for controlling the widespread transmission of the coronavirus, especially as some churches and …

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CDC Issues Guidelines On Opening Bars, Restaurants

Fox News reports: As states begin to lift restrictions for non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars are grappling with how to reopen while keeping both employees and customers safe. On Friday, the CDC released guidelines instructing certain organizations on how to safely open their doors. The one page “decision tool” documents were released by the CDC and provided detailed information for …

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Trump Pressures CDC To Revise Death Tally Downwards

The Daily Beast reports: President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force are pushing officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change how the agency works with states to count coronavirus-related deaths. And they’re pushing for revisions that could lead to far fewer deaths being counted than originally reported, according to five administration officials working …

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Emails Show Top WH Officials Buried CDC Guidelines

The Associated Press reports: The decision to shelve detailed advice from the nation’s top disease control experts for reopening communities during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House, according to internal government emails obtained by The Associated Press. The files also show that after the AP reported Thursday that the guidance document had been buried, …

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Trump Admin Shelves CDC Guidelines On Reopening

The Associated Press reports: A set of detailed documents created by the nation’s top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen public places such as mass transit, day care centers and restaurants during the still-raging pandemic has been shelved by the Trump administration. The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease …

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No State Has Yet Met Federal Guidelines On Reopening

NBC News reports: As a handful of states begin to ease stay-at-home restrictions, no state that has opted to reopen has come close to the federally recommended 14 consecutive days of declining cases. Even as the U.S. hit the grim milestone of more than 1 million cases Tuesday — one-third of the world’s total — Georgia, Minnesota and other states …

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CDC Adds Six More Coronavirus Symptoms To Website

The Miami Herald reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tripled the number of coronavirus symptoms it lists on its website. The federal organization previously listed fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has added six additional symptoms as people “have had a wide range of symptoms reported,” it says on its website. …

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CDC Director Contradicts Trump: I Wasn’t Misquoted

The Washington Post reports: In a tweet Wednesday, Trump alleged Redfield had been misquoted — though he accused CNN of doing it rather than The Post. He also said Redfield would be putting out a statement on the matter. No statement was put out, but eight hours later Trump welcomed Redfield to clarify his comments at the daily White House …

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