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Faye Flam

The CDC Needs to Admit Its Covid Mistakes

The first step for reform is to be transparent about what the public health agency got wrong during the pandemic.

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This week, the Centers for Disease Control announced it will overhaul itself in response to pandemic mistakes. The first thing the CDC should do is to clarify what those mistakes were.

While many experts think those mistakes are obvious, half of the public assumes the mistakes involved too many, overly strict rules that were kept in place too long, and the other half assumes the mistakes all revolved around rules that were too loose and abandoned too soon.