Robert Redfield, MD

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recorded July 14, 2020

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Join Dr. Robert Redfield, live Tuesday, July 14, 2020, as he shares his perspective on ways to think about, deal with, and potentially treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Robert Redfield has served as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2018. As head of the CDC, Dr. Redfield is responsible for coordinating much of the national COVID-19 response and research efforts. He has unparalleled access to monitor to the status of the pandemic nationally, and contributes to policy decisions at the federal level.

Dr. Redfield received his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an Army Officer. He co-founded the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was the founding director of the U.S. Military’s HIV Research Program, and served for 20 years in the US Army Medical Corps.

Just one of our challenges next season is going to be two simultaneous outbreaks: coronavirus 19, second wave, and our regular flu season. And they both compete for the same hospital resources.

–Dr. Robert Redfield

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  • 28

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    It is readily apparent that what guidance comes from the CDC and the messaging that comes from the White House are inconsistent at best and virtually ignored by most of the States in the country. For example, most every state breezed into phase 2 without meeting any of the CDC’s guidance before doing so. Have you ever considered having an alternative coordinating body made up of governors, CDC and the key scientific leaders such as Dr. Fauchi? I know some of this coordination goes on behind the scenes, but having a visible body that stands in contrast to the charade headed by VP Pence would make the entire country feel much safer knowing that scientific minds are governing our response and not political expediency.

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    Do you believe that the withdrawal of the USA from the WHO is going to be beneficial to American people?

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    Do you agree that the head of the CDC should not be a political appointee, and that the current submissiveness of the CDC to the White House put American people into serious danger?

  • 11

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    What should we be doing now–both personally, and within our governments–to prepare for the “second wave” of the Coronavirus in America?

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    Why have you chosen politics/President over truth. We have had an abysmal response to the virus with tens of thousands of deaths of people that didn’t need to die – and still no real leadership coming from CDC. Why have you not resigned?

  • 9

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    Is it really true that we “lost time” early on in our national response to the pandemic? What should we have done?

  • 6

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    One big question on many Americans’ minds is how people can return to college in the fall. CDC is not recommending institutions of higher education test all students, staff, and faculty upon returning to campus. I’ve seen some pushback against that recommendation. Can you explain more why entry testing is not a good idea for institutions of higher education? Some institutions plan to test everyone regularly, for example every two weeks or every month. What do you think of those plans?

  • 6

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    The CDC has not declared racism a public health crisis, but as the coronavirus pandemic has played out in America, taking a greater toll on people of color than on white people, what is the CDC doing to address these racial disparities? And have the CDC’s well-documented problems addressing racism within its own organization impacted the CDC’s work addressing the racism evidenced in the nation’s handling of the pandemic?

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    Would it be possible to address the impact of an exponential increase in cases on the case mortality rate given the lag between cases and death. For example, in Florida we have seen total cases increase by about 40% in the last two weeks and virtually none of the deaths resulting from those cases would have been reported resulting in a misleadingly low case mortality rate. This happens to a much lesser degree when cases are steady or dropping.

  • 5

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    Rather than resigning, when are you and other appointees of this administration going to stand together in solidarity and do what you know if right, rather than continuing to allow us to be taken down this destructive path?

  • 4

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    The CDC has estimated that about 40 to 45% of all cases are asymptomatic. Have you attempted to break that down by age group? It seems that knowing that percentage for each of grade school age, middle school age and high school age would be useful. Perhaps that could be combined with the results of the Yale study on infectiousness of asymptomatic carriers to estimate the risk of infection for classrooms in an area with a given prevalence of infection.

  • 4

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    When will COVID-19 saliva test be made available so people can collect saliva at-home and send to lab for processing?

  • 3

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    Have you ever seen President Trump wear his mask? Does it really have the presidential seal on it?

  • 3

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    The CDC has not declared racism a public health crisis, which, as the coronavirus pandemic has played out in America, is shown to take a greater toll on people of color than on white people, so what is the CDC doing to address this disparity? And, how may the CDC’s own well-documented lapses in dealing with racial disparities within its own organization, have affected the agency’s work during the pandemic?

  • 3

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    Could you address the impact of positivity rates on the usefulness of pool testing and say where and when pool testing has value. Obviously at the positivity rates we are seeing nationwide there is very little value, but if we ever get positivity rates low enough to effectively contact trace and isolate there could be a benefit.

  • 3

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    What does it really mean to “coordinate” such a vast networks of efforts across the country? How do you spend your days?

  • 3

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    Will you bend to Trumps will, and modify the school opening guidelines? Is so, WHY?

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    Why has the CDC lied so much about the death toll considering the CDC guidelines of what is to be written on a death certificate demands that a doctor lie about the cause of death? Second, Why has the CDC lied about the “infected” numbers by combining the cold, influenza, and COVID-19 numbers all as “corona virus” cases? Third, Why do you intentionally falsify the need for masks when a majority of test labs have proven that masks are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? Finally, Why has the CDC lied to the American public so many times since January of 2020? I doubt you will answer these questions truthfully.

  • 2

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    Can you tell us more about the DHHS eliminating the CDC from hospital data reporting (7.13.20) – what do you think the impact will be on the data and on getting the facts out.

  • 2

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    There has been much controversy regarding the transmission of Covid-19. Is it believed to be transmitted by droplet or aerosolization? How would that effect the way the general public protects themselves or precautions taken?

  • 2

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    Vice-President Pence said the CDC would be modifying the regulations (less stricter) for reopening last week. Are you doing so?

  • 1

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    How can you stand behind our Bloviator in Chief while he goes off the rails and shows no respect for science and truth? It’s a high price to pay to try to neutralize him. Look at what’s happening to Fauci. Still I am glad you are there or there would be no one to counter him.

  • 1

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    Would the pneumonia vaccine administered for seniors have any benefit Or lessen severity for covid ?

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    Some cities and states are returning to stricter requirements to control the coronavirus. Would you recommend they also folllow the guidelines the CDC initially recommended for reopening before doing so again?
    If so how long do you think it will take for laces with large outbreaks to achieve the requirements ?

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    No one talks about the risk of having an outdoor meal at a restaurant, sharing the table with non household members. It’s the way people are choosing to socialize. They feel it’s safe, is it? Why isn’t it talked about by the CDC?

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    RE: “Hopefully we will have the resources…” for financial considerations of opening schools safely. Schools are already severely strained and experiencing budget cuts. So, do you acknowledge there is need for additional federal funding toward achieving safe, appropriate school re-entry?

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  • 1

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    Does the fact many senior have low baseline temperatures, like 96.5-97 mean a two degree temperature doesn’t qualify as a “covid-19 fever?”

  • 1

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    Why doesn’t the CDC list a body rash as a symptom of Covid-19 when the WHO does and 20% of Italy’s patients hospitalized with the disease presented with one, and 6% of Spain’s and a smaller percent of patients in Vietnam and China?

  • 0

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    How come The CDC doesn’t emphasize that the virus strain from Europe was the major strain that hit (at least the East coast), not the strain from China? I think this is very important

  • 0

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    Can you talk more about how far people should social distance if they’re wearing masks? I’ve only ever seen 6 feet from CDC, but just now it sounded like a shorter distance, such as 3 feet, might be OK in schools if students are wearing face coverings.

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    Why didn’t the CDC insist that the US take action against COVID when it was apparent in late January that it already was in Europe and that it would spread to US ?

  • 0

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    My question is already addressed on your site.

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    NEW TREATMENT? In Mexico they are having success with the addition of IVERMECTIN (an anti parasite used for lice) in pills along with antibiotic and antiviral and steroid. Why arent our MDs trying this on our COVID patients?

  • 0

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    Do we have some research regarding the time the Corona-19 virus can be flying in the air?

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    Scripps research shows mutated coronavirus significant boost in infectivity. what does that mean

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    Has the CDC considered an advertizing campaign that would better message the transmission and mitigation for the virus. I don’t think a lot of people react well to constant talking at them by doctors and tv talking heads. The public service announcement on prostate exams comes to mind.

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