By all accounts, Dr. Rochelle Walensky is a fierce advocate and an empathetic scientist. But C.D.C. advice must be better attuned to the real world, critics say.
Readers chastise health officials for not speaking out earlier, urge a slower reopening for New York City and propose a national day of mourning.
Dr. Robert Redfield predicted the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus and expressed frustration with the politicization of mask-wearing and mitigation efforts.
The coronavirus spreads in prisons and then finds its way outside to infect others.
Agency scientists often contradict the Trump administration now, but critics urge a more public stance.
Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties. Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth.
Downplaying the dangers of the pandemic and politicizing public health measures was grossly negligent and cost untold lives.
The agency prides itself on avoiding Washington partisanship. But the White House has successfully pushed the agency to revise guidelines on matters like school reopenings and church gatherings.
The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots.
In taking a leading role in managing the White House’s response to the pandemic, the vice president and his team had an agenda that extended beyond public health.
The C.D.C. director wanted a “no sail” order extended until February, a policy that would have upset the tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida.
Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.
The agency now says anyone exposed to an infected person for more than 15 minutes needs a test. An earlier guideline saying it might not be necessary had shocked public health experts.
Emails from a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show how the two refused to accept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention science and sought to silence the agency.
Despite the president’s repeated claims that a vaccine will be available in October, scientists, companies and federal officials all say that most people won’t get one until well into next year.
A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.
Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, and his science adviser will be leaving the Department of Health and Human Services after both criticized the C.D.C.
The agency’s statement followed earlier criticism from President Trump that its guidelines for reopening were too “tough.”
But two top federal health officials defended the decision, saying that the new database was necessary to expedite and streamline data.
More than 1,000 employees signed a letter criticizing the agency for “scant progress in addressing the very real challenges Black employees experience.”
When a coronavirus vaccine hits the market, it will be a key tool in putting an end to the pandemic. A federal committee is debating who in the population should get it first.
The government’s top infectious disease expert told a Senate panel that bars needed to be closed, and the Fed chairman cautioned that “a full recovery is unlikely” until safety is restored.
The testimony of the nation’s top infectious disease expert countered President Trump’s upbeat assessment, describing a “mixed bag” of some bright spots amid worrying trends and unknowns.
In a briefing, officials said the “highest risk”gatherings are those attended by people from outside the local area and where it is hard to stay six feet apart.
The technology was old, the data poor, the bureaucracy slow, the guidance confusing, the administration not in agreement. The coronavirus shook the world’s premier health agency, creating a loss of confidence and hampering the U.S. response to the crisis.
Orders that have effectively sealed the United States to migrants seeking protection from persecution would remain in place until a health official declared the virus no longer a threat.
Despite progress on a vaccine, there is no guarantee it will be effective, experts said, and testing and contact tracing are still short of the levels needed.
The downbeat assessment of Drs. Anthony S. Fauci and Robert R. Redfield contradicted President Trump’s growing insistence that the nation has put the coronavirus behind it.
At a news conference, the president reiterated that he would not wear a mask himself and again exaggerated the availability of testing for the coronavirus.
Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Health Committee will be a chance for Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and other top health experts to speak to lawmakers, albeit by video, without President Trump nearby.
Detailed guidelines for reopening drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were blocked from publication after Trump administration officials labeled them “overly prescriptive.”
The project, announced by the C.D.C., will help trace patterns of transmission, investigate outbreaks and map how the virus is evolving, which can impact a cure.
A cult of personality is no match for a pandemic.
It will be a difficult road back to any kind of normal living.
Even as the president plays down that possibility, the C.D.C. chief and other experts warn of a dual challenge.
An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.
Despite efforts by President Trump and others to reassure the public that tests are getting disseminated quickly, several states, doctors and patients complained that access was limited.