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CDC criticized by health experts over its COVID messaging and policies

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Americans operating in the COVID-19 pandemic during the recent outbreak of the virus say frequent changes in federal regulations will not make their lives easier. And they are not alone in their frustrations.

Prominent healthcare professionals who have supported the CDC and its science-based decisions since the pandemic began are now criticizing the agency for poor communication.

The agency’s “messaging problem” can be divided into three main issues, health experts say, the biggest of which is the lack of transparency.

In every policy update, the CDC must support its decision with clear data and translate the science so that the general public can understand it, said Thomas Hipper, Dornsife University School of Public Health Drexel School of Public Health Training and Communication Center Deputy Director. .

While announcing the new isolation guidelines on Dec. 27, CDC officials could not bring the science to light, Xipper said.

“Simply announcing the change and trying to explain it without clear justification will question you,” he said. “Allowing the public to see these flawed choices will help justify why the decision was made.”

Health experts point out that the second problem that contributes to the CDC’s messaging problem is that local health departments and national organizations are left out of agency decisions.

Finally, experts say the CDC has left itself open to allegations that it has not been prosecuted. The agency reiterated that pandemic science is evolving, and while this is true, health experts say the CDC needs to acknowledge its mistakes in a space of uncertainty.

“It humanizes the effort, and it goes a long way in restoring trust,” Xipper said. “Hey, we didn’t do everything right, but we try to do it as accurately as possible.”

Also in the news:

►The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 28 percent since Jan. 2. On Monday, the number of people in need of ventilation reached 500 – a jump of 71 percent over the same period.

►Novak Djokovic admitted on Wednesday that the travel declaration form for Australia contained incorrect information and also made a “judgment error” in an interview and photo session in Serbia after passing a positive test for COVID-19 last month. admitted.

►The U.S. military is offering a maximum bonus of $ 50,000 to soldiers who join for the first time in six years fighting to get soldiers involved in important work during a pandemic, The.

📈Today’s numbers: More than 62.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 843,000 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 315 million cases and nearly 5.5 million deaths. More than 208 million Americans – 62.7% – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

📘What we read: Need to wipe your throat at home with a COVID test on an omicron? That’s why experts say no.

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Biden is sending medical teams to states overwhelmed by the rise of COVID

The federal government is sending medical teams to six states – New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico – to help hospitals that are struggling with COVID-19.

A White House official said President Joe Biden is expected to announce the placement on Thursday as the administration discusses measures it is taking to stem the proliferation of infections caused by the omicron variant.

His remarks came at a time when he was setting a hospitalization record for COVID-19. Some hospitals are delaying selective operations because states are placing National Guard members in health facilities.

Even under pressure from his party members to work harder to control the pandemic, Biden’s new efforts are expected to target an additional workforce.

– Maureen Groppe and Donovan Slack,

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