Citizen Brief: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The mission of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise
Questions for the CDC:
1. Why testing has been so slow, compared to other countries.
2. Contradictory arguments about masks, from discouraging to using them by the public
3. Availability in PPE
So the lockdown was mandatory. Business closure was mandatory. Why can’t we : make 1. Masks mandatory 2. Distribute them freely or provide ONE set of instructions to make 3. Provide one set of decontamination instructions. CDC ANYONE ?
Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza — United States, 2017
"Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help," by Shawn Boburg, Robert O'Harrow Jr., Neena Satija and Amy Goldstein April 4th,2020 Wash.Post
The Bush-era work, called “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza” and publicly available here,
CDC chief defends failure to spot early coronavirus spread in U.S.Robert R. Redfield says diagnostic testing would have made little difference, describing it like ‘looking for a needle in a haystack’
By David Willman Dec. 26, 2020
Pledge to the American People
Be a diligent steward of the funds entrusted to our agency
Provide an environment for intellectual and personal growth and integrity
Base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data that is derived openly and objectively
Place the benefits to society above the benefits to our institution
Treat all persons with dignity, honesty, and respect
CDC in the 21st Century
On the cutting edge of health security – confronting global disease threats through advanced computing and lab analysis of huge amounts of data to quickly find solutions.
Putting science into action – tracking disease and finding out what is making people sick and the most effective ways to prevent it.
Helping medical care – bringing new knowledge to individual health care and community health to save more lives and reduce waste.
Fighting diseases before they reach our borders – detecting and confronting new germs and diseases around the globe to increase our national security.
Nurturing public health – building on our significant contribution to have strong, well-resourced public health leaders and capabilities at national, state and local levels to protect Americans from health threats.
Trump Visits the CDC in Atlanta After Earlier Canceling the Trip Over Coronavirus Fears. Mar 6, 2020
Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease
Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment
Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives
Taking the health pulse of our nation
Transcript of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response Telebriefing Press Briefing Transcript
January 17, 2020
President Trump visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and spoke with scientists about how testing for coronavirus works.
Influenza Planning and Response (Pdf). 12/02/2019
Influenza poses one of the world’s greatest infectious disease challenges. CDC programs protect the United States from seasonal influenza, as well as pandemic influenza which occurs when a new flu virus emerges that can infect people and spread globally.
The CDC in the News
CDC Briefing Room: COVID-19 Update and Risks Mar 9, 2020
CDC: and Testing: What the Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine,