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CDC Slowing Down on Releasing New Coronavirus Guidance

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By    |   Thursday, 01 October 2020 08:05 AM

The Centers for Disease Control has slowed down on releasing new health information about the novel coronavirus on its website over this last week after information about the possible airborne spread of the disease was released and retracted.

ABC News reports the centers stopped updating new health guidance from at least Sept. 24-30, and said unnamed sources say information concerning recommendations for testing and other issues is not being updated.

A CDC spokesperson confirmed that changes were made after the "revision of the 'How COVID-19 Spreads' web page without appropriate in-house technical review. This instance, as well as a few others, led to a review of our process and reinforced criteria for review of all guidance and updates before they are posted to the CDC website."

Employees and scientists learned on a conference call Wednesday that the centers are requiring every update or new guidance rules to have "approved talking points and maybe a summary statement," a person on the call reported. 

"We know we have new science, but updates based on new and emerging science are not updated or able to be shared," the source told ABC News. This includes "recommendations on best practices and guidance on how to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID."

One source said the information has been halted because of a "moratorium," adding that scientists are being "prevented from updating the CDC website with new information."

Another person disagreed that there is a moratorium, but instead said the centers' leadership is "just ensuring the review process is being followed."

"If this information is true, it is truly chilling," said Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the CDC and current president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Political interference with CDC is one of the major reasons why our response to this pandemic has been such a disaster."

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The Centers for Disease Control has slowed down on releasing new health information about the novel coronavirus on its website over this last week after information about the possible airborne spread of the disease was released and retracted. ABC News reports the centers...
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