Can trust in public health be saved?

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Before the pandemicmost people thought public health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and World Health Organization (WHO) had reached conclusions based on real data.

This segment of What’s Ahead explains why that faith has been broken, which could have dangerous consequences in future emergencies.

The behavior of these government bodies has too often been misguided or driven by politics. For example, the CDC — bureaucratic to the core — botched its initial pandemic response by insisting it create its own test kit, which was flawed. Hospitals were initially barred from using their own tests, leading to unnecessary deaths.

Highly damaging shutdowns were repeatedly imposed, even when it became clear that at best they were delaying the spread of the disease but not eradicating it.

Teachers’ unions insisted that schools remain closed when there was no reason to do so. The damage this has caused to children and their families has been immense – economically, emotionally and educationally. Surprisingly, the unions convinced the CDC to follow them.

The list of horrors continues. Even today, the bad behavior of officials continues.

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