Category Archives: Centers for Disease Control

Sensitive subpopulations (e.g. people with weakened immune systems) are always at greater risk of death from opportunistic pathogens (This is not a new finding.)

Severe Outcomes Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — United States, February 12–March 16, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 18 March 2020. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6912e2external icon

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Early data from China suggest that a majority of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) deaths have occurred among adults aged ≥60 years and among persons with serious underlying health conditions.

What is added by this report?

This first preliminary description of outcomes among patients with COVID-19 in the United States indicates that fatality was highest in persons aged ≥85, ranging from 10% to 27%, followed by 3% to 11% among persons aged 65–84 years, 1% to 3% among persons aged 55-64 years, <1% among persons aged 20–54 years, and no fatalities among persons aged ≤19 years.

What are the implications for public health practice?

COVID-19 can result in severe disease, including hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, and death, especially among older adults. Everyone can take actions, such as social distancing, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect older adults from severe illness.

CDC Guidance issued for 2019-nCoV

Excerpt from the CDC 2019-nCoV Situation Summary (here):

CDC Recommends

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

Ebola Transmission via Bodily-Released Aerosols Should Not Be a Surprise

The United States used to have a public health system that took the precautionary principle seriously when it came to microbial illness and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. That all began to change in the 1990s with the spread of AIDS and subsequent political agendas. 

Looks to me that the smartest “public health” people have educated themselves into complacency if not imbecility. (Now we see the consequences as good doctors and thousands are dying.)

Why is anyone surprised that a highly infectious viral disease can be transmitted from person-to-person via bodily-released aerosols? Hello. Anybody home?

“Healthcare workers play a very important role in the successful containment of outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola. The correct type and level of personal protective equipment (PPE) ensures that healthcare workers remain healthy throughout an outbreak—and with the current rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it’s imperative to favor more conservative measures.” click here 

 

Ebola outbreak to get worse

I recall talking to former CDC waterborne disease expert Dennis Juranek in the 1990s about the first Ebola outbreaks and the possibility of widespread transmission to the US. That was probably over 20 years ago now. Seems like the potential for a widespread outbreak was for all practical purposes ignored until now.

“The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.” click here

30 States request help regarding potential Ebola cases

“Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have sought the Center for Disease Control’s help identifying potential cases of Ebola.” click here

Not a surprise.

Press Spin: Washington, DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) misled customers on lead?

Drinking water lead is again in the news in Washington, DC, the Examiner (click here) has reported that WASA misled customers and covered up lead test results. This based on a report of the District of Columbia inspector general (click here for another article).

Previously, the CDC was accused of using flawed data. Click here….

UPDATE: See comments for a message from DC Water (click here).

 

Pew Trust versus Flouride Action Network

From my perspective, the Pew Trust historically funds studies and takes positions for political activism (e.g., global warming) or political expediency, rather than seeking to ensure scientific integrity. This raises red flags in my mind.

The Pew Trust supports fluoridation (click here)……so communities should consider the alternative perspective offered by the Fluoride Action Network (click here) before making a decision for or against fluoridation.

Who should be responsible for ensuring dental health? Government? or Parents and individual citizens?