-- Has the CDC lost its Credibility with the American public? --
Posted by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 02:32 PM 121 Reads
The CDC seems to be taking some major hits with its credibility and reputation
with the American public. Changes in H1N1 reporting numbers did not help with
public perception. See ABC News and their reporting on CDC three-fold increase
OVERNIGHT of H1N1 numbers - "Seeming Overnight Surge in H1N1's Death Toll:
Number Change Underscores Uncertainty About Virus" Http://abcnews.go.com/Health/
An increase in deaths from 1,200 to 4,000 made in one day by the CDC does not
look very good. Add to this the fact that the seasonal flu kills 36,000 people
by comparison and the CDC looks even worse in reliability of data and analysis
-- and possibly hype. The numbers of people who refuse to get the H1N1 vaccine
are large and show that the public does not trust what the CDC says – regardless
of the possible complications of getting the virus. And then there is the XMRV
virus discovery in October by the Whittemore-Peterson Institute in Nevada that
put a very hot spotlight on the CDC's work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The
Internet websites and blogs seemed to explode overnight with vitriolic attacks
against the CDC and conspiracy theories abounding.
Has the CDC lost its credibility with the public? Has the reputation of the CDC
been badly damaged? Why are some of our best and brightest researchers leaving
in large numbers? Is it fear for their reputations and careers with the
association of CDC on their resumes or something else altogether?
Is there a problem internal to the CDC or just the perception of inadequacy of
the CDC by the media and public?
Thoughts on the above would be greatly appreciated.
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