Why has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention been hindering our response to Coronavirus?
Here are a couple of examples:
Patient in Washington State who displayed Coronavirus symptoms. Because she had not been in contact with a known case she was not tested. turns out she was one of the first person to person transmission cases in the United States. She was eventually tested and tested positive. Delaying testing allowed this person to possibly spread Coronavirus.
CDC was the only group that was allowed to do Coronavirus testing. Their narrow guidelines allowed Coronavirus to spread person to person. When testing did start the CDC was quickly overwhelmed.
As of when this is posted, and the last information I read, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend health care providers wear N95 when treating Coronavirus patients. This has allowed hospitals and other health providers to avoid providing needed PPE to employees and contractors.
CDC has stated several times wearing a mask in public does not prevent the spread.
CDC stated only people who show symptoms should wear mask. Even though someone can be infectious several days before showing symptoms.
What has the CDC done that helped the public prevent the spread of Coronavirus? All they have done it parrot their typical hand washing propaganda. I say propaganda as in that seems to be their only talking point. As if hand washing is going to somehow protect people from an airborne disease.
This is not the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped the ball in a big way. In the early 1980s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a chance to get a grip on the HIV epidemic, by they played politics and dropped the ball.
What purpose does the CDC serve besides to remind people to wash their hands? Maybe it is time to revamp the agency into something that will truly serve the public health in our time of need.