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Public Health Experts Stunned By Trump Flack's Attempt To Censor CDC Reports

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Days after President Donald Trump admitted to knowingly downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic in his statements to the public, new reporting late Friday revealed that Trump political aides have been reviewing—and in some cases altering—weekly CDC reports about the deadly virus in an effort to bring them into closer alignment with the president's false narrative and claims.

Politico reported Friday evening that the Health and Human Services Department's politically appointed communications aides, led by former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo—a Republican strategist with no medical expertise—"have attempted to add caveats to the CDC's findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19 and should have made clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior."

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Dr. Fauci Raises Alarm About Trump’s Lax New CDC Testing Guidelines

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Dr. Anthony Fauci raised alarms on Wednesday about a new change to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new COVID-19 testing guidelines, which seem to discount the risk of asymptomatic transmission of the disease.

The guidelines were changed on Monday and have increasingly drawn concern from the medical community. They now state: "You do not necessarily need a test" even if "you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms."

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Trump Pushing More States To Open Although None Meet CDC Criteria

Donald Trump said Monday that more states need to reopen their economies, despite none of them meeting the criteria set forth by the White House to do so safely.

"I really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they're not opening," Trump said during a visit to a North Carolina bioprocess innovation center. "We'll see what happens with them."



In the spring of this year, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of criteria states should meet before lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.

According to ProPublica, those criteria are based on five metrics:

  • A decrease in the number of positive tests per 100,000 people, using a seven-day average;
  • A decrease in the percentage of positive tests, again using a seven-day average;
  • 100 tests administered per 100,000 people per day, using a seven-day average;
  • At least 30% bed availability in hospital ICUs; and
  • A decrease in the percentage of hospital visits for flu-like symptoms.

As of Monday, no state had successfully met all five criteria, per ProPublica data. A handful of states met four of the five benchmarks.

Trump's comments come as the states across the country see a surge in coronavirus cases. Some of the biggest hotspots include Sun Belt states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona which opened up hastily earlier this year against expert advice.

"The virus doesn't care how badly we want things to return to normal," Saskia Popescu, a Phoenix-area epidemiologist, wrote in a Washington Post column on July 16. "If we go too fast, it will storm back everywhere."

Nationwide, more than 4.2 million have confirmed coronavirus cases, and at least 147,003 people have died.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

CDC’s Corruption Is Evident In New School Reopening Guidelines

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The once non-partisan, science-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new, updated guidance on re-opening schools. The title: "The Importance of Reopening America's Schools this Fall."

It includes statements that very closely echo what President Donald Trump and White House aides have said about re-opening schools. For example:

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