Don’t Hide the Truth About COVID-19 Infections

Target: Alex Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Goal: Give health protection agency access to COVID-19 data that aids in resource allocation and public awareness.

The nation’s top agency for infectious disease guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is being frozen out of critical data gathering regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. With less than 24 hours’ notice, the Trump Administration abruptly directed all hospitals to begin sending information about coronavirus-related testing and hospitalizations to state contractors or to the Department of Health and Human Services. This move essentially cuts the CDC—whom President Trump had previously tweeted “was lying” about the surge of COVID-19 infections—out of the loop in conveying vital information both to state leaders and to the public.

A bipartisan group of governors have already signed a letter in protest of this questionable move, especially after key COVID-19 data disappeared from the CDC’s website recently. As one public health researcher aptly stated, “the only way that we know where things are going up and where things are going down, and where we need to be putting resources and where we need to be planning is because of those data.” Now, this life-saving information will rest solely in the hands of individuals potentially driven by political agenda. Worst of all, the public may no longer be able to trust the truthfulness of the information being given to them.

Sign the petition below to demand the Department of Health and Human Services ends its complicity in this attack on public health integrity.


Dear Secretary Azar,

At this time of an unprecedented modern-day medical crisis, all ambassadors of public health should be working together. The administration’s sudden decision to freeze the CDC out of COVID-19 hospital data gathering comes when a unified, cohesive, and—most important of all—trustworthy federal response is needed more than ever. This move reflects none of those crucial goals.

You claim bypassing the CDC will result in a streamlined, simplified process.  Yet early reports from blindsided hospitals suggest a more complicated, ill-conceived system of reporting.  State leaders worry this change will prevent their citizens from getting the resources and aid desperately needed. And the public will now always have a nagging doubt about whether the numbers and information given them is driven by data…or political calculation.

Each of these pieces of data represents a life that can in turn affect millions of other lives. Please treat this process with the gravity and responsibility it deserves. Denounce this disruptive dictate, work together, and stand for the health and well-being of all Americans.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control

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One Comment

  1. Don’t hide the truth? better do some fact checking before you sign this petition that does not tell the truth. The New York Times reported the CDC was combining the active infected coronavirus with the ones that tested with the antibodies. The CDC was called out on this and promised to separate the data. They did not. Fact check everything.

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