The CDC is failing to collect and share vital data on COVID-19
By: Joel White and Doug Badger, The Heritage Foundation | August 31, 2020 | USA Today
When the levees broke under Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers was roasted for spending billions and still failing to protect Americans. So where’s the outrage over the latest epic governmental fail – this one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
As the federal agency with primary responsibility for handling infectious diseases, the CDC uses an antiquated system to collect information essential to fighting the coronavirus. Medical workers literally phone or fax in their data. And when they do, it’s not the data we need.
The CDC employs thousands of experts and has been around for 76 years. Yet its COVID-19 data pales in comparison to what’s available on websites that didn’t even exist a few months ago. One of these, The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project, was launched in March – the same month Congress gave the CDC $1 billion to collect the same data…Read More Here >>