Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The CDC Has Lost All Credibility

Why haven't the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost all credibility? Any individual or institution that had been so often wrong would have lost public trust long ago. For instance, as people of every political persuasion have determined that media sources lack credibility, polls indicate that journalists are not regarded as particularly trustworthy.
A third of the country is showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression due to the severity of lockdown measures imposed by governors. More than 40 million workers are now unemployed. It is estimated that half of cancer patients and 80% of brain surgery patients have seen delays in crucial appointments. Schools remain closed, impeding education opportunities and hindering the return to work of parents.
Nobel laureate Michael Levitt noted that the lockdowns have caused damage: “social damage — domestic abuse, divorces, alcoholism — has been extreme. … And then you have those who were not treated for other conditions.” He added that “the real virus was the panic virus. For reasons that were not clear to me I think the leaders panicked and the people panicked.”
While the federal government did not mandate policies to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the CDC, together with career bureaucrats Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, influenced the direction of the policies of state and local jurisdictions.
The results: draconian guidelines and hysterical warnings, based on horrifically bad models and science. In early March, Fauci and Birx told President Trump that more than 2 million people would die in the United States without taking extraordinary measures.
In this context, the question shouldn’t be, “What have the CDC officials been right about?” It should be, “What haven’t the CDC and other public and health officials been wrong about?”
Read the rest from Rep. Andy Biggs & Rep. Ken Buck HERE.

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