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Another day, another scandal in Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis in America. Well, probably nothing can top his statement that we should all try to drink disinfectant so we can kill the virus. Or the statement that he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against Covid-19.

No, we are not talking about something that he said and that we can make fun of, that we can laugh about.

This is something on another level.

Remember CDC?

This is from their website:

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… 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.

The whole point of its existence is to take care of the public health of Americans. And is there a better time to show what they can do then in a time of a global pandemic?

The institute is responsible for handling the coronavirus pandemic in the US and is the place that all of the hospitals send daily reports about the status of the patients with Covid-19.

Were… wanted to say – WERE.

All of the hospitals WERE sending daily reports about the status of the patients with Covid-19 to the CDC.

What changed? What happened?

Trump happened.

It’s something that went ‘under the radar’. and it wasn’t publicly promoted. It’s a document that was posted on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

And in short – the Trump administration orders hospitals to bypass the CDC and send their data about Covid-19 cases directly to a new system on a daily basis. That includes data about patients, available beds, ventilators, etc.

Actually, it’s a new system managed by the private company TeleTracking, which will collect the data, and then pass it to other agencies, such as the CDC.

Officials from the Trump administration have said that the CDC system is outdated but if that was the case they could have tried to improve it, right?

Why would you choose to bypass the one agency whose entire purpose is to collect and analyze data from hospitals and make plans to improve public health?

Do you have something to hide?

There have been many instances in the Trump presidency, especially now with the coronavirus crisis, that the administration chose not to listen to science. And now that the CDC is not in control of the coronavirus data, why would we think that it would be different?

This move comes in the final 100 days before the election and in time when Trump is pushing for reopening of schools regardless of the situation with the virus in the school districts, regardless of the consequences.

There is an op-ed piece in The Washington Post written by 4 former directors of the CDC. It’s headline is “We ran the CDC. No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has.”

That should tell you something about what’s behind this move.

However, we, the public, will watch closely and be here to speak up if we find out that someone is manipulating data.