The CDC does not publish large amounts of COVID-19 data

February 22, 2022

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released only a fraction of the data it has collected on the COVID-19 pandemic, The New York Times reported, citing several people familiar with the data.

The CDC released information two weeks ago on the effectiveness of boosters for those under 65 but did not provide data for 18-49 year olds, the age group least likely to benefit from boosters. because they are already well protected by the first two. blows, The temperature noted.

The CDC recently created a dashboard of the amount of COVID bacteria found in sewage, though state and local agencies have sent the CDC their own sewage data since the pandemic began, The temperature noted. The appearance of COVID in sewage can help health authorities predict outbreaks, scientists have said.

Some outside health experts were stunned to discover that the CDC had withheld information about COVID.

“We’ve been asking for this kind of granularity of data for two years,” said Jessica Malaty Rivera, an epidemiologist and member of the team who led the Covid Tracking Project. The temperature. A more detailed image would have improved public confidence, she said.

The temperature said the data withheld could have helped local and state health authorities respond to different stages of the pandemic and better protect vulnerable populations. The lack of recall information on 18-49 year olds has forced federal health agencies to rely on data collected in Israel on recall recommendations, The temperature noted.

When asked to comment, CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said the agency withheld some information “because ultimately it’s not ready for prime time yet. listen”.

The CDC prioritizes the accuracy of information, she said, adding that the CDC is concerned that the public may misinterpret certain information.

Rivera dismissed the idea that information should be withheld to avoid misinterpretation.

“We run a much greater risk of misinterpreting the data with data gaps, than sharing the data with proper science, communication and caveats,” she said.

The release of data is also delayed by bureaucratic procedures. The CDC must manage information from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House as well as different divisions within the CDC before publication. Sometimes government agencies need to be notified before the information is widely disseminated.

Paul Offit, MD, vaccine expert and adviser to the Food and Drug Administration, called for more openness.

“Tell the truth, present the data,” he said. “I have to believe there is a way to explain these things so people can understand them.”

The CDC has been criticized on other occasions for its lack of transparency. Last year, the CDC released information on breakthrough cases, but only when a person was sick enough to be hospitalized. Vaccinated people who tested positive and isolated at home were not included in the tally, leading to questions about vaccine effectiveness.

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