Menu Close

Articles on Centers for Disease Control

Displaying all articles

A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty Images

279,700 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
Workers on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 removed the main sign to the visitors’ entrance to the CDC, leaving instead a temporary one made of cardboard-like material. Lynne Anderson

I’m a public health researcher, and I’m dismayed that the CDC’s missteps are causing people to lose trust in a great institution

The CDC has long been a trusted source of health information, keeping the public not only safe but calm in times of disease outbreaks. Public health officials fear now for its reputation.
Dan Coats, left, then director of national intelligence, told Congress in 2019 about the potential danger of a pandemic. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Was the coronavirus outbreak an intelligence failure?

Warnings about major disease outbreaks are supposed to come from national and international medical intelligence and surveillance agencies that most Americans have never heard of.
Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a congressional hearing in March. Fauci has had a higher public profile during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the role of public health workers is unrecognized

Those who work in the background to keep everyone healthy — public health nurses, health inspectors, laboratory techs and epidemiologists — deserve recognition in the fight against COVID-19.

Top contributors

More