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CDC Withholding COVID Data: the Public Isn’t Ready



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that it’s been withholding COVID-19 data from the public over fears the information could be misinterpreted.

Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokesperson, said the release has been slow “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.”

The CDC’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable,” Norlund added.
But, Norland admitted, another reason is that the public could misinterpret the data.

Notable information that the CDC has collected but not released includes hospitalizations broken down by age, race, and vaccination status, and the effectiveness of booster shots.

Two weeks ago, the CDC released data on the effectiveness of boosters for adults younger than 65, but it didn’t include full numbers on those between 18 and 49.


CDC withholding COVID data over fears of misinterpretation