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As the coronavirus crisis heats up, why isn't America hearing from the CDC?

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  1. [3]
    cmccabe
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    The article doesn't really answer the question, but gives just a hint of speculation: Following by the standard line: And one other possible reason why the CDC director isn't front and center: And...

    The article doesn't really answer the question, but gives just a hint of speculation:

    Its recent absence from the national stage has led to fears that the agency's objective, science-based approach is being ignored, especially as Trump signals that he hopes to relax restrictions on social gatherings by Easter to help revive the economy.

    Following by the standard line:

    An inquiry from NPR to the CDC about why the agency's briefings stopped and whether they would resume went unanswered.

    And one other possible reason why the CDC director isn't front and center:

    Some question whether Redfield is up to the task of serving as a strong public communicator, noting that his recent testimony before lawmakers about the coronavirus outbreak did not inspire confidence.

    And then, of course, the part that makes me fear for America while Trump's popularity is reportedly rising (?):

    Asked, for example, why Easter was targeted as a possible timeline for lifting social distancing measures, the president replied, "I just thought it was a beautiful time. It would be a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline. It's a great day."

    A follow-up question asked whether the time was based on any data, and the president again said that he thought it would be a beautiful timeline.

    How are there so many people in the U.S. willing to accept this type of statement from him? How have our educational institutions failed us this much?

    10 votes
    1. elcuello
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      This infuriates me so fucking much too. I would break stuff if the leader of my country spoke this way. He is literally an idiot.

      This infuriates me so fucking much too. I would break stuff if the leader of my country spoke this way. He is literally an idiot.

      6 votes
    2. vegai
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      Perhaps curation is the reason. The media they consume filters out his stupidest gaffes. The media we consume revels in the gaffes.

      How are there so many people in the U.S. willing to accept this type of statement from him? How have our educational institutions failed us this much?

      Perhaps curation is the reason. The media they consume filters out his stupidest gaffes.

      The media we consume revels in the gaffes.

      3 votes
  2. [2]
    Deimos
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    Ars Technica had a very similar article the other day asking the same question: We’re in a public health crisis. Where’s the CDC?

    Ars Technica had a very similar article the other day asking the same question: We’re in a public health crisis. Where’s the CDC?

    8 votes
    1. envy
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      Jesus. Dr. Fauci explains why he doesn’t correct Trump during press conferences

      Jesus. Dr. Fauci explains why he doesn’t correct Trump during press conferences

      Fauci plays a major role in the coronavirus-pandemic response and is regularly seen at press conferences alongside President Donald Trump—who doesn't share Fauci's inclination and ability to give Americans the most accurate information in a time of crisis.

      "We're in the task force [before each press conference]. We sit down for an hour and a half, go over all the issues on the agenda," Fauci explained. "And then we proceed from there to an anteroom right in front of the Oval Office to talk about what are going to be the messages, what are the kind of things we're going to want to emphasize? Then we go in to see the president, we present [our consensus] to him, and somebody writes a speech. Then he gets up and ad libs on his speech. And then we're up there to try and answer questions."

      6 votes
  3. envy
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    The CDC normally takes the lead in outbreaks, ranging from the 2009 flu pandemic to Ebola to the lung injuries caused by vaping. Its recent absence from the national stage has led to fears that the agency's objective, science-based approach is being ignored, especially as Trump signals that he hopes to relax restrictions on social gatherings by Easter to help revive the economy.

    3 votes