As the Pandemic Surges, C.D.C. Issues Increasingly Assertive Advice

Agency scientists often contradict the Trump administration now, but critics urge a more public stance.

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White House Opposes Expanded Coronavirus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks

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.

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Covid-19 and Beyond: How Trump Has Hurt America’s Health

Downplaying the dangers of the pandemic and politicizing public health measures was grossly negligent and cost untold lives.

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Battered by Trump, Robert Redfield of the C.D.C. Faces Pressure to Speak Out

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.

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White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

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.

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Under Pence, Politics Regularly Seeped Into the Coronavirus Task Force

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.

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White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

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.

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Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings

Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.

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C.D.C. Reverses Testing Guidelines for People Without Covid-19 Symptoms

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.

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Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science

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.

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When Will You Be Able to Get a Coronavirus Vaccine?

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.

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Trump Scorns His Own Scientists Over Virus Data

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.

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Health Official to Take Leave of Absence After He Attacked Federal Scientists

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.

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C.D.C. Calls On Schools to Reopen, Downplaying Coronavirus Risks

The agency’s statement followed earlier criticism from President Trump that its guidelines for reopening were too “tough.”

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‘Sole Source’ Contract for Covid-19 Database Draws Scrutiny From Democrats

But two top federal health officials defended the decision, saying that the new database was necessary to expedite and streamline data.

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C.D.C. Employees Ask Agency to Address ‘Racism and Discrimination’

More than 1,000 employees signed a letter criticizing the agency for “scant progress in addressing the very real challenges Black employees experience.”

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U.S. Weighs Early Vaccine Access for Minorities and Others at Risk

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.

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Fauci Says US Could Reach 100,000 Coronavirus Cases a Day

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.

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Fauci, Citing ‘Disturbing Surge,’ Tells Congress the Virus Is Not Under Control

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.

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C.D.C. Calls for Masks at Large Gatherings, Warning of Crowd Risks

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.

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The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

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.

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Trump Administration Plans to Extend Virus Border Restrictions Indefinitely

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.

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Top Science and Health Officials Offer Sobering View of Reopening Readiness

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.

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At Senate Hearing, Government Experts Paint Bleak Picture of the Pandemic

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.

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White House Orders Staff to Wear Masks as Trump Misrepresents Testing Record

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.

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Fauci, Other Witnesses and Chairman Are Quarantined, but Hearing Must Go On

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.

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Trump Blocks C.D.C.’s Coronavirus Reopening Guidelines

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.”

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Labs Across U.S. Join Federal Initiative to Study Coronavirus Genome

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.

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Coronavirus and the Price of Trump’s Delusions

A cult of personality is no match for a pandemic.

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Covid-19, Confusion and Uncertainty

It will be a difficult road back to any kind of normal living.

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The Fear of Coronavirus and Flu Colliding in the Fall

Even as the president plays down that possibility, the C.D.C. chief and other experts warn of a dual challenge.

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He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

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.

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With Test Kits in Short Supply, Health Officials Sound Alarms

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.

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