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Over 1,000 current and former CDC officers signed a letter of concern for ‘politicization and silencing’ of the agency

Over 1,000 current and former CDC officers signed an open letter criticising the politicization of the health agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The absence of national leadership on COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,” the letter stated. President Donald Trump’s administration has been criticised for intervening with the CDC […]
Over 1,000 current and former CDC officers signed a letter of concern for ‘politicization and silencing’ of the agency
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Mike Pence should not be on the debate stage, according to the government’s own coronavirus guidelines. He could be unwittingly putting others at risk.

The CDC director has cleared Vice President Mike Pence to participate in Wednesday’s debate. Pence’s own physician has cleared him too. According to the CDC’s own guidelines, Pence should still be in quarantine, after being in close contact with multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week. […]
Mike Pence should not be on the debate stage, according to the government’s own coronavirus guidelines. He could be unwittingly putting others at risk.
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In the wake of Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the White House has yet to mobilize a CDC tracing team to contact hundreds of people who were in the president’s company

The White House is yet to deploy a ‘test and trace’ team of CDC experts following the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis, reported The Washington Post. The team’s function is to trace test those the president came into contact with while infected to stop the disease spreading further. Trump attended a fundraiser […]
In the wake of Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the White House has yet to mobilize a CDC tracing team to contact hundreds of people who were in the president’s company
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Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic

Vice President Mike Pence stopped the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from extending a ban on cruise-ship journeys until 2021, Axios reported. Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, told CDC Director Robert Redfield that extending the “no-sail order” to February 2021 was unfeasible, the […]
Mike Pence reportedly overruled the CDC on extending a cruise ship ban to 2021, the latest example of the White House sidelining expert advice in the pandemic
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Cruise lines are willing to follow 74 ‘best practices’ to sail again, including mandating passengers wear masks and get tested 1 to 5 days before departure

The 65-page report outlines what cruise lines are willing to do in order to set sail again, including requiring proof of a negative coronavirus test and masks being required on board. Most cruise lines are headquartered elsewhere in the world, which means they did not receive any government bailout funds. […]
Cruise lines are willing to follow 74 ‘best practices’ to sail again, including mandating passengers wear masks and get tested 1 to 5 days before departure
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CDC: To avoid the coronavirus this Halloween, don’t drink, trick-or-treat, or scream at a haunted house

The CDC has published guidelines on lower-, moderate-, and higher-risk Halloween activities. Traditional trick-or-treating and indoor haunted houses and costume parties aren’t recommended. Outdoor pumpkin carving and home-based scavenger hunts are safer, the agency says. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. It’s officially fall, and in any other year, that […]
CDC: To avoid the coronavirus this Halloween, don’t drink, trick-or-treat, or scream at a haunted house
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The CDC retracted its virus guidance

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The CDC retracted its virus guidance
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Inside Big Pharma’s work with celebs

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Welcome back to the workweek. I, for one, have never been less excited to receive a flurry of texts […]
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Dr. Fauci hasn’t figured out what he’s doing for the holidays yet

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Boy, what a week it’s been. I don’t know about you, but much of my waking time is spent […]
Dr. Fauci hasn’t figured out what he’s doing for the holidays yet
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CDC guidelines discouraging people from getting COVID-19 tests was published by Trump officials despite objections from scientists, report says

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention published a controversial guideline last month saying that people who were exposed to the novel coronavirus but didn’t show symptoms should not seek a test. According to The New York Times, the advice was written by Trump administration officials and published despite scientists’ […]
CDC guidelines discouraging people from getting COVID-19 tests was published by Trump officials despite objections from scientists, report says
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5 takeaways from the US coronavirus vaccine plan

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5 takeaways from the US coronavirus vaccine plan
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CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show

The Centres for Disease Control advised state and local health authorities to make decisions on their own or look to other states and academic studies on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported. Documents obtained by USA Today show CDC representatives and officials downplaying information about the virus […]
CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show
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The CDC director said most Americans wouldn’t get a coronavirus vaccine until summer or fall 2021. Trump says Redfield was ‘confused.’

At a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said most Americans probably wouldn’t receive a coronavirus vaccine until “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.” Hours later, President Donald Trump said Redfield was “confused.” “I think he made a mistake when he said that. It’s just incorrect information,” […]
The CDC director said most Americans wouldn’t get a coronavirus vaccine until summer or fall 2021. Trump says Redfield was ‘confused.’
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CDC director Robert Redfield said face masks may be more effective than a vaccine in preventing individual coronavirus infections

CDC director Robert Redfield said on Wednesday that wearing a mask might be “more guaranteed” to protect an individual from the coronavirus than a vaccine. Redfield’s comments came in response to a Senator’s question about whether President Trump is undercutting coronavirus-prevention efforts by forgoing a mask in public settings. Hours […]
CDC director Robert Redfield said face masks may be more effective than a vaccine in preventing individual coronavirus infections
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Don’t expect a coronavirus vaccine before the election — here’s the likely timeline according to doctors, government officials, and analysts

President Donald Trump has suggested that a coronavirus vaccine may become available “right around” the US election on November 3. But public-health experts, financial analysts, and US government officials have said that timeline is unrealistic. Most experts think there’s little hope of a vaccine being ready before the end of […]
Don’t expect a coronavirus vaccine before the election — here’s the likely timeline according to doctors, government officials, and analysts
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I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.

A recent CDC report revealed how four summer camps in Maine were able to operate while successfully limiting COVID-19 transmission. Jack Hodgson, a former director at a non-profit New Jersey summer camp, now a postgraduate researcher at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, says this is encouraging news – but there […]
I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.
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CDC director now says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can get one following backlash over changes to testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people

Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to criticism over new coronavirus testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people. Redfield said people who need a test can get one, but said not everyone who wants to get tested for the virus truly needs to. Experts […]
CDC director now says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can get one following backlash over changes to testing guidelines that excluded asymptomatic people
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The CDC quietly modified coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who are asymptomatic, potentially limiting our understanding of the true scope of the virus

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention quietly modified its testing guidelines on Monday and no longer recommends people who are asymptomatic to get tested for the virus. Experts are concerned this will hinder our understanding of the true scope of the outbreak in the US. Last week, the World […]
The CDC quietly modified coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who are asymptomatic, potentially limiting our understanding of the true scope of the virus
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CDC backtracks and now emphatically supports reopening schools after criticism from Trump

The CDC on Thursday issued new guidance on reopening schools that backtracked on prior, stricter recommendations after criticism from President Donald Trump. Trump descried the previous recommendations as “very tough and expensive.” The new CDC guidance offers full-throated support for reopening schools. “Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the […]
CDC backtracks and now emphatically supports reopening schools after criticism from Trump
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Over half of kids who took class online in Los Angeles this spring were absent or didn’t participate, and other school districts are scrambling to avoid a similar fate

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the country’s second-largest, has committed to start the fall with remote learning, right as it found remote learning this past spring was disastrous for kids. In the spring, 40% of students were absent during a typical day of the LAUSD’s nine-week remote learning period. […]
Over half of kids who took class online in Los Angeles this spring were absent or didn’t participate, and other school districts are scrambling to avoid a similar fate
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Government data is getting worse. That’s a catastrophe.

Data is more important than it’s ever been, which is why the latest news out of the White House is so disturbing. The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to stop reporting COVID-19 numbers to the CDC, and instead send the data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, […]
Government data is getting worse. That’s a catastrophe.
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Trump, lacking the authority to cut off school funding and continuing to urge a fall reopening, threatens to cut off school funding

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that schools that don’t reopen “before the November election” may have federal funding cut off – and that he disagrees with the CDC’s school guidelines. Throughout the pandemic, Trump has tweeted his support for states to reopen various activities. He pointed to Germany, Denmark, Norway, and […]
Trump, lacking the authority to cut off school funding and continuing to urge a fall reopening, threatens to cut off school funding
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Coronavirus ruined my kids’ school year, Trump’s response has ruined next year

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, I accepted that my kids’ school year was effectively over. For hope, I turned my sights to September. Thanks to Trump’s haplessly negligent response, the best-case scenarios keep getting worse, and a full schedule of in-school education looks unlikely before September 2021. Kids only have […]
Coronavirus ruined my kids’ school year, Trump’s response has ruined next year
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‘The effect is greatest when 100% of the public wear face masks’: Growing body of research shows the role of face coverings in curbing the spread of the coronavirus

Several new studies underscore what health experts have maintained since the coronavirus spread across the globe. Face masks help to reduce the highly contagious disease’s rate of spread. Researchers also stressed the need for preventative measures like social distancing, personal protective equipment, and enhanced hygiene. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
‘The effect is greatest when 100% of the public wear face masks’: Growing body of research shows the role of face coverings in curbing the spread of the coronavirus
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Shifting Gears: Is this the end of public transit?

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of Shifting Gears, Business Insider’s weekly roundup of all things transportation. The Centres for Disease Control had a dire warning this week as businesses slowly start to bring back employees: they should drive to work. Of course, they can also bike or walk, […]
Shifting Gears: Is this the end of public transit?
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Coronavirus began spreading in the US in January — predating President Trump’s travel restrictions and the detection of community transmission, CDC says

Nearly a month before community spread was first detected, “sustained, community transmission” of the coronavirus in the United States began in late January or early February, a report from the CDC says. A “single importation” from China was followed by “several importations” from Europe, the study’s authors found. “As America […]
Coronavirus began spreading in the US in January — predating President Trump’s travel restrictions and the detection of community transmission, CDC says
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The CDC removed its warning against church-choir singing, even though it’s known to be a ‘super spreader’ activity

In original “interim guidance,” the CDC recommended communities of faith consider suspending or decreasing group singing activities since they’re known to transmit the novel coronavirus. But a day later, the organisation deleted that recommendation with no explanation or warning. White House officials told the Washington Post the change was related […]
The CDC removed its warning against church-choir singing, even though it’s known to be a ‘super spreader’ activity
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‘No mask — no entry’: New York Gov. Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order allowing businesses to refuse service to people who won’t wear masks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to sign an executive order allowing businesses to refuse service to people who won’t wear masks. There’s clear evidence that face coverings can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, their requirement has become a point of political and cultural divide reaching as […]
‘No mask — no entry’: New York Gov. Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order allowing businesses to refuse service to people who won’t wear masks
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CDC: The coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces

In updated language on its website, the CDC emphasised that the coronavirus spreads easily between people but not easily in other ways, such as on surfaces. The newly-formatted advice, drawing attention to this detail, is confusing in light of eye-catching simulations, past research, and expert guidance on how to disinfect […]
CDC: The coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces
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Cases of late-stage prostate cancer are on the rise as screenings decline

Advanced prostate cancer rates are on the rise in men over 50, while rates of early stage prostate cancer have declined. The US Preventive Services Task Force issued recommendations against prostate screenings for all in 2012, because the risks of the test outweighed the benefits. Prostate cancer is one of […]
Cases of late-stage prostate cancer are on the rise as screenings decline
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Public bathrooms are going to be a major hurdle for offices wanting to reopen. Here’s how businesses are trying to make them safer.

As American businesses contemplate re-opening, they must consider the problem of the crowded, disease-ridden public restroom. Some businesses are installing touchless sinks and dryers, and others are doing away with restaurant doors and rows of urinals. If you are going to a public restroom, washing your hands throughly with soap […]
Public bathrooms are going to be a major hurdle for offices wanting to reopen. Here’s how businesses are trying to make them safer.
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How offices should look in a world with the coronavirus

The World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines for heading back into offices during the pandemic. WHO recommends that all workspaces be at least 3 feet apart, that medical face masks be easily available for workers, and that hand-hygiene stations be installed […]
How offices should look in a world with the coronavirus
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Why the CDC’s coronavirus data is so bad

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has struggled to provide accurate data on the novel coronavirus. The CDC must wait for states to report infections and deaths, creating a built-in lag time. There is also a lack of standardization and political pressure to keep numbers low. “The CDC missed […]
Why the CDC’s coronavirus data is so bad
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Good (and bad) vaccine news

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The CDC now forecasts 100,000 US coronavirus deaths by June 1

CDC Director Robert Redfield noted Friday that a dozen different models predict a rising rate of death from COVID-19 in the coming weeks. By June 1, Redfield said, more than 100,000 Americans will likely have died from the coronavirus. On May 4, President Donald Trump said 100,000 Americans, total, would […]
The CDC now forecasts 100,000 US coronavirus deaths by June 1