Trump Strips CDC of Control of Coronavirus Data

Mish

The CDC will no longer be the central point for Covid reporting.

Alarm bells ring as the Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data.

Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency.

The new instructions were posted recently in a little-noticed document on the Department of Health and Human Services website. From now on, the department — not the C.D.C. — will collect daily reports about the patients that each hospital is treating, the number of available beds and ventilators, and other information vital to tracking the pandemic.

“Historically, C.D.C. has been the place where public health data has been sent, and this raises questions about not just access for researchers but access for reporters, access for the public to try to better understand what is happening with the outbreak," said Jen Kates, the director of global health and H.I.V. policy with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

“How will the data be protected?” she asked. “Will there be transparency, will there be access, and what is the role of the C.D.C. in understanding the data?”

Michael R. Caputo, a Health and Human Services spokesman, called the C.D.C.’s system inadequate and said the two systems would be linked. The C.D.C. would continue to make data public, he said.

“Today, the C.D.C. still has at least a week lag in reporting hospital data,” Mr. Caputo said. “America requires it in real time. The new, faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus, and the C.D.C., an operating division of H.H.S., will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response. They will simply no longer control it.”

Suspicions Arise

Bottlenecks

Like others, I am very  suspicious of actual motivations even if the rationale appears at first glance to make sense.

Mish

Comments (94)
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rob_abides
rob_abides

The data can now not be trusted.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

The whole administration cannot be trusted!

JCPatriot
JCPatriot

Hurray, now the data will not be phony or delayed at the federal level! Check that, just as I suspect happened in Florida, the locals will now tamper with the results and try to frighten the public.

Quatloo
Quatloo

We are entering the era of Soviet style government

njbr
njbr

@JCPatriot what? Is the hospital overload in Florida imaginary? Are the number of confirmed cases too high for your taste?

This is the end result--people will be blind-sided by severe outbreaks and every reaction to outbreaks will be weeks too late, resulting in maximum carnage.

It's the perfect way to open schools with maximum damage.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Does the new entity data is to be reported to have a system that can expose it in real time. Is that system tested? And, what stops hospitals, etc. from reporting to both the CDC and the new site?

And, yeah, I used the term, "site", loosely. :)

In the end, it would certainly be good if the data processing on all this is improved. Bad data. Slow data. And, in the end, most of the data is misleading, at best.

Tengen
Tengen

Looks like we've grown envious of the China approach to the virus. Nothing will change on the ground level, but the numbers will be much more aesthetically pleasing!

Carl_R
Carl_R

This will be interesting. I know Trump would love to block the real numbers from getting out, but I think the American press will try there best to ascertain the real numbers and publish them. The result may be that we have two sets of numbers going forward. I believe that it will be the first time in my life that a majority of people will have believed that the US Government was openly lying to them, and I believe it will backfire in a major way.

TimeToTest
TimeToTest

In 2020 terms the school year is still a long time away.

I think these questions will be answered by that time or at least we will know how bad an idea it will be. One more double and things will be very interesting.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Are they going to shut down the covid tracking project as well with a lawsuit?

TeleAllende
TeleAllende

Trump administration is like a wrecking ball that destroys everything in its path. Of course they are re-directing the data to Washington to tamper with it. Smells like Hitler in 1930's. Germany was a democratic republic before Nazis came to power - and in a few short months turned into a dictatorship.
The speed with which Trump is dismantling our institutions is METEORIC.
CORRUPT PSYCHOPATH.

Stevie
Stevie

He can't get rid of the demon governors so they take away our freedoms - so he is doing what he can to help stop the spread of the fake pandemic by stopping the google of the pandemic, the CDC.

Realist
Realist

I suspect that Dr.Birx has good intentions. As a Doctor/scientific researcher, she is trying to improve the collection of data in order to better fight the pandemic.

Sadly, this may lead to the Trump administrations continuing attempts to rewrite history.

In Trump’s feeble mind, if you reduce testing, you reduce cases.

And if you can't get the the health care system to reduce testing, you can simply alter the reporting of those tests.

It is entirely possible that the virus spread accelerates through the US, while the number of reported cases and deaths drops.

It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad.

KansasDog
KansasDog

No way in hell i'm voting for this jackass in November I don't care how much a screwup Biden is.

randocalrissian
randocalrissian

Trump is learning quickly from the CCP. Absolute power is very good every Mao and then.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

It's fascinating that people think countries all around the world are willing to wreck their economy to carry out a hoax to take Trump out...

ReadyKilowatt
ReadyKilowatt

Two incompetent solutions vying for control. At least it makes it easy to doomsday scenario whatever is tried.

"CDC isn't able to manage the data, so we're going to compile it in Washington."
"OMG! Tump is going to phony up the numbers!"

"CDC isn't able to manage the data, so we're going to compile it in Washington."
"About time someone eliminates that broken system!"

How about choice 3:
"CDC isn't able to manage the data, so we're going to compile it in Washington."
"How about the industry pays for the IS upgrades needed at the CDC in return for keeping their tax exempt status?"

njbr
njbr

There is severe irony in sidelining the "Center for Disease Control" in the midst of a raging pandemic.

Further, to replace it by "Javanks'a Really Good Info That You Can Really Really Trust" that will be lead by the POTUS's son-in-law.

As Navarro cast shade yesterday...“Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.“ and “So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.“

Gambling with the future of the country without understanding the possible losses.

Feel better now with Dr. Navarro in charge?

Montana33
Montana33

Thankfully we have private industry tracking the virus which is why you can get reliable information from Johns Hopkins and NY times. The Trump admin is unreliable and has never been a good source for virus information.

Zardoz
Zardoz

“Like others, I am very suspicious of actual motivations even if the rationale appears at first glance to make sense.“

The only things trump has demonstrated competency in are moron-charming, lying, whining, and bankruptcy. Even if his intentions are good (aaaaaaHahahahahha), he’ll make a bigger mess than the CDC.

RonJ
RonJ

Zero Hedge: "Update (11:37ET): The worst appears to be over for Arizona's COVID-19 outbreak. We highlighted this on Tuesday, citing a Goldman Sachs report."

tokidoki
tokidoki

It's hard to Make America Great Again if you don't centralize data collection.

RonJ
RonJ

Some numbers.

"In a French study, a boy with Covid-19 exposed over 80 classmates at three schools to the disease. None contracted it. Transmission of other
respiratory diseases, including influenza transmission, was common at the schools.

In a study in New South Wales, nine infected students and nine staff across 15 schools exposed a total of 735 students and 128 staff
to Covid-19. Only two secondary infections resulted, one transmitted by an adult to a child."

mkestrel
mkestrel

I have followed Mish a long time. This site used to be the best read for economic analysis. Now it is the refuge for Trump criticism and hatred.

FoonTheElder
FoonTheElder

Is this just like the supposed Stalin quote "It's not the people who vote that counts, but the people who count the votes".

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Now that the US with less than 5% of the world’s populations boasts 25% of the world’s Covid cases it is time to start fudging the numbers Trump style. If those numbers are not a sad indictment of our federal government’s attempt to handle the Covid epidemic in this country I don’t know what is. At least Trump can claim America first on this one.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

Now tRump will show data to prove his points he has been trying to make:

  1. CoronaVirus is a hoax
  2. CoronaVirus is just a Flu
  3. CoronaVirus is beautifully under control
  4. 99% of CoronaVirus is harmless
  5. CoronaVirus essentially has disappeared Magically
  6. It's totally safe to fully re-open all the economic activities NOW
  7. it's 100% safe to open all schools on time.
  8. Facemask and social distancing are for wimps who hate America
  9. All testing and contact tracing are pure waste of taxpayers' money, and thus must be stopped immediately
  10. If you know somebody who suffered or died from CoronaVirus, he must be a Democrat!
rob_abides
rob_abides

The Ministry of Truth rises.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Did the Trump Administration use the same software developers who created the Obamacare websites?

Realist
Realist

If Trump doesn't want anyone to see the CV19 numbers, he should have them placed in his tax returns. Then no one will ever see them.

rach1902
rach1902

it does look suspicious, but then so does the CDC
however, imho Trump should have down this weeks ago,
and it may be too late now.
it does look like a case of data manipulation
(although many people around do have their suspicions that this crisis is being manipulated by various organisations with a political intent in mind)

60,000 cases a day doesnt look good,

and looking at the number of daily virus cases points one in the inevitable
direction of
a) bad figures (60,000 cases daily) = good for the Democrats
b) good figures (rapidly falling numbers of cases ) = good for Republicans

any piece of bad economic news is good for Biden et al
and any piece of good economic news is good for Trump et al

from the point of view of the neutral,
the Democrats are a bunch of whining losers,
and you can only say that at least Trump is trying is best to help everyone
(although perhaps not in this way)

Herkie
Herkie

The CDC was guaranteed they would still have access to untouched -un bleached - data. The very hour this went into effect the data started to disappear. That is Trump for you, when you are wrong and you know it just hijack the situation and lie.


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