The mistrust is not really surprising. There have been plenty of missteps throughout in the past year, due to everything from political interference, to incomplete information, to confusing messaging.
One person who’s frustrated by all this is the senior senator from Maine, Susan Collins.
“I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC,” she told CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at a congressional hearing this week. “I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore.” Collins cited issues with CDC’s guidance on school reopening, mask-wearing and summer camps.
This is very interesting. The messaging is meant to keep up with the science. The science is always somewhat inconclusive and always evolving. People hate that and politicians take advantage.
Distrust in government is a goal of the GOP. It gives them an excuse to terminate agencies, but of course, that makes the problems worse.