Opinion Piece Outlines 3 Ways U.S. CDC Can Restore Its Reputation, Regain Public’s Trust

Quartz: Three ways the U.S. CDC can regain the public’s trust
Alexandra Ossola, special projects editor at Quartz, and Katherine Ellen Foley, health and science reporter at Quartz

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it seems that, for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost everything that could have gone wrong has. … Within a few months, the organization upon which other countries modeled their own public health entities has been so maligned and undermined that public trust in it has eroded. … Even if the CDC’s prestige has declined in recent months, there’s still time for it to regain the public’s trust — and likely save lives in the process. … Here are three ways the CDC could restore its reputation as the premier public health agency in the world … Depoliticize … Increase Communication … Regain control over the data … So how do we get there? Trust is not something that can be rebuilt in a day — or with a single presidential election. But there’s still something the CDC can do to make progress: address the public health crisis in front of it. … Rather than trying only to try to fight the pandemic, CDC leaders will have to assess why things have gone so wrong, and then pivot from there. It’ll take humility — and ideally, more than a bit of urgency” (11/9).

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