Category Archives: CDC

Walensky’s CDC Reforms Are Long Overdue, but Would Have Done Nothing to Prevent Its Failures in Early 2021

Recently, CDC Director Walensky described a set of proposed reforms of the CDC (boldface mine): Dr. Walensky laid out her basic conclusion from the review in candid terms: The C.D.C. must refocus itself on public health needs, respond much faster … Continue reading

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Muddled Messages from the CDC

There’s a lot to be said, most of it not good, about the CDC’s new COVID guidelines, but there are three issues worth focusing on. First, while some COVID safety policies are relaxed, it’s worth noting that the CDC is … Continue reading

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SurveySeroprevalence says: Omicron Infected Lots of People

You probably guessed that, but it’s good to have seroprevalence data, even if the CDC website hasn’t been updated yet. From EID (boldface mine): Sera are tested for anti-nucleocapsid (anti-N) antibodies, which are produced in response to infection but are … Continue reading

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CDC Needs to Fix Its Mask Madness (Updated)

Added: I wrote this on Saturday, and since then, this happened (boldface mine): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to notify hospitals that patients should be allowed to wear their N95s when entering, said Ives-Rublee, who works at … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the CDC’s New COVID Indicators

Uncharitable ones. Last Friday, as the invasion of Ukraine kicked into high gear, the CDC released new COVID guidelines, “Indicators for Monitoring COVID-19 Community Levels and COVID-19 andImplementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies.” I suppose the tl;dr version is that the CDC … Continue reading

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Most Schools Still Should Not Be Open Based on the CDC Criteria

Then again, we’ve never seriously used COVID-19 prevalence statistics to tighten restrictions, so why would we start now? As of yesterday, using the CDC criteria of 50 new cases per week per 100,000 people and a percent positive rate less … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the CDC’s New School Guidance

I realize last week much of the nation was watching jury nullification happen in real time (aka ‘the impeachment trial’), but last week, the CDC released an “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation.” For the first time in … Continue reading

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The FDA Is Hurting Our COVID-19 Response Too

While the failure by the CDC to quickly release a COVID-19 PCR test has been condemned–correctly*–and even Dr. Tony Fauci of NIH is coming under attack, the FDA, on the whole, seems to have been ignored, but they really shouldn’t … Continue reading

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COVID-19, Geography, and Influence on Policy

Or why moving certain functions out of Wor-Shing-Tun is a bad idea. Every so often, some pundit comes up with the supposedly brilliant idea of moving government agencies out of Washington D.C., so the government can see what ‘life is … Continue reading

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A Neglected Point about COVID-19 Testing

There’s an excellent New Yorker article about the failure to provide enough tests to detect COVID-19. Here’s a point I haven’t seen made elsewhere, but that is really crucial (boldface mine): The public-health-laboratory network was never intended to provide widespread … Continue reading

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