Warnings Of Possible Cover-Up As Trump Strips CDC Of COVID-19 Data Control
The Trump administration has asked hospitals to report Covid-19 patient data to the Department of Health and Human Services directly rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading health experts to issue warnings that the coronavirus statistics will be vulnerable to political manipulation, according to Common Dreams.
- In a directive posted online by HHS, it states, referring to the CDC’s data system:
"As of July 15, 2020, hospitals should no longer report the Covid-19 information in this document to the National Healthcare Safety Network site."
- The New York Times reported on the switch in data-gathering, stating that the HHS database with all of the Covid-19 information "is not open to the public, which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers, and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions."
- This move comes as President Trump publicly attacked the CDC and said the rise of Covid-19 cases “make us look bad,” shocking and concerning health experts.
- Dr. Leana Wen, a visiting professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, criticized the move during an interview:
"The CDC is supposed to analyze the data coming from different regions of the country. I'm really deeply concerned about what we've seen with the attacks on science and public health in recent days, because public health hinges on public trust. And when politicians—including the top public official, the elected official of our country, President Trump—start attacking public health, it really undermines of all of local, state, and federal response to this pandemic."