Act Now America: Ask Key Congressmen To Formally Investigate the CDC’s Conduct During COVID-19

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Our Stand

  • Since COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency in January of last year, life as we know it has dramatically changed. What was supposed to be two weeks to “flatten the curve” has turned into unending lockdowns and a bevy of restrictions affecting every single person in this country.
  • Healthcare services, school attendance, mass transit, air travel, teleworking, family gatherings, religious worship, births, deaths and more have all been predicated on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our lives are now dictated by the rise and fall of COVID-19 data — both cases and deaths — on a week-by-week or even day-by-day basis. However, evidence continues to mount that our current state of emergency is being driven by data that was flawed at the hands of the CDC.
  • In March 2020, the CDC changed the protocols for how death certificates are recorded, significantly altering death certificate reporting. However, the CDC did so for only one type of death — COVID 19 — and allegedly without following the proper federal requirements. Soon after, the CDC adopted the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ April 15, 2020 position paper for defining what constitutes a COVID case. However, it did so without implementing known safeguards to ensure that single individuals would not be counted multiple times, thus altering case counts and subsequent data.
  • Government accuracy, transparency and integrity are paramount, particularly during a national crisis. It is not acceptable that the agency that is entrusted with protecting the health of our country set the stage for widespread national devastation — physical, psychological and economic.
  • As a result of flawed data, countless Americans are being forced to die all alone, inflicting significant trauma on them and their loved ones; pregnant women are being forced to give birth all alone and are being subjected to other policies that jeopardize their and their newborns’ health; small businesses are being forced to permanently close their operations; children are being separated from their peers and their institutions of support (educational and otherwise); medical treatments are being withheld from people in need; and more.
  • The prolonged state of emergency has resulted in food insecurity, poverty, social isolation, an uptick in suicides and mental health issues, a rise in family violence and many other consequences that have been dire to the American public. Had COVID-19 data not been compromised, our state of emergency conditions and responses would have likely been vastly different, with far fewer negative consequences to the American public.
  • Act now to hold the CDC accountable for its actions! With just one click, you can send a pre-drafted email to key congressional committee members urging them to investigate the CDC’s conduct during COVID-19. Let them know that, in addition to accurate data, the American people should be able to count on the CDC to operate with transparency, accountability and integrity. Urge your federal lawmakers to hold a special congressional hearing and to launch a formal investigation in to these matters. When you’re finished, please share this campaign with others so that together we can take back public health!

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There is nothing more important to effective public health policy than having accurate and verifiable data.

It appears, however, that the CDC irreparably compromised COVID-19 data quality during a time of public crisis by 1) abruptly implementing new procedures for capturing COVID-19 mortality data via a March 24, 2020 document from the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System, thereby significantly altering death certificate reporting and 2) adopting the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ April 15, 2020 position paper for defining what constitutes a COVID case — without implementing safeguards to ensure that single individuals would not be counted multiple times, thus altering case counts and subsequent data.

More than 15,000 hours of investigative research shows that these practices have significantly affected COVID-19 data aggregation and interpretation. Moreover, the CDC’s actions appear to be in violation of three federal laws: the Administrative Procedures Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and the Information Quality Act — laws that were specifically put into place to protect the welfare of the millions of Americans whose affairs are regulated by federal government agencies.

Death Certificates  – Now and Then

From 2003 to March of 2020, pre-existing/comorbid conditions were reported in Part I, not Part II, of death certificates. This can impact statistical aggregation, according to certified death-reporting clerks that were interviewed. The sudden change in death recording protocols is significant in that it not only altered data, but it was made without official notification in the Federal Register to initiate federal oversight and allow for mandatory public comment.

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Prior to 2020, pre-existing/comorbid conditions were reported in Part I.

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With the CDC’s change, pre-existing/comorbid conditions are no longer reported in Part I.

The above illustrates how death certificates were recorded prior to March 2020 and how they’re recorded now. The CDC’s data collection and reporting changes come after 17 years of use without incident and significantly alter COVID-19 mortality metrics.

When it comes to fatalities, labs conducting PCR tests are required to keep records of the dates of the test and the cycle threshold value that determined the positive lab result. If we had access to certain criteria — the date of the death certificate, the date of the positive PCR test, the cycle threshold used on the PCR test, and a basic knowledge of pre-existing/comorbid conditions from medical records — we could correct the COVID death count and have a much clearer understanding of COVID-19 mortality. This includes 1) how many people died due to COVID 2) how many died with COVID and 3) how many died but were miscategorized as COVID fatalities.

The correction of death count numbers is anticipated to be significant:

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Note: the data in the above graph is current through 2/1/21.

As reported in the October 12, 2020 public health policy paper, “COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective:”

Supportive data comparisons suggest the existing COVID-19 fatality data, which has been so influential upon public policy, maybe substantially compromised regarding accuracy and integrity, and illegal under existing federal laws.

The key to initiating legal regulatory oversight of all proposed changes to data collection, publication, and an analysis is the Federal Register.

This decision was made despite pre-existing rules, approved by the OMB, issued by the CDC, and in use nationwide for at least 17 years without incident. These rules are published as, 2003 CDC’s Medical Examiners’ & Coroners’ Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting and the CDC’s Physicians’ Handbook on Medical Certification of Death.

Considering these handbooks have been approved by the OMB and in use without incident for 17 years, there was no justifiable reason for the CDC to implement these changes, bypass the oversight of the OMB, and fail to provide 60-days for public comment, as they are legally obligated to do.

By failing to act in accordance with Congress’ clear intent as to how an agency may propose changes to data collection as codified in 44 USC 3506 (c)(2)(A), there is no record of information the CDC relied upon to make its decision to change how deaths are reported.

Previous reports detailed the substantial changes on how causes of death were forcibly modified by the CDC through the NVSS, and how together, both federal agencies inflated the actual number of COVID-19 fatalities by approximately 90.2% through July 12th, 2020.

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Compromised Data Is Far More Than Numbers; It Affects Each and Every American

The CDC’s apparent failure to follow established laws comes with great costs to society. Had the CDC not changed course and compromised COVID-19 data, our state of emergency conditions and responses would have likely been vastly different — with considerably fewer negative consequences to the American public.

Over the past year, countless loved ones have been forced to die all alone, inflicting significant trauma on them and their family members. Pregnant women have been forced to birth all alone and subjected to other CDC policies that are not evidence-based. Businesses that individuals spent their lifetime’s building have been forced to close. Children have been unable to attend school. Adults and children have been separated from their peers and their systems of support. Some individuals have been unable to get needed medical assistance; others are stuck at home with their abusers.

In short, the COVID-19 crisis has caused unprecedented upheaval across the globe, fueling an increase in poverty, food insecurity, financial insecurity, depression, mental illness, suicides, child abuse, domestic violence, substance and alcohol abuse, and more.

Carol Gordon, 81, is a resident of a long-term care facility in Cummings, Georgia. She has been confined to her room and unable to see visitors since March 13, 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Her family says Ms. Gordon’s physical and mental health has significantly deteriorated over the past year because of social isolation and lack of access to the outdoors.

It’s Time To Take Back Public Health and Reclaim Our Lives

With your help, Stand for Health Freedom wants to make sure that such grim occurrences in history never happen again. Recently, we sent letters requesting a formal hearing and investigation into the CDC’s conduct during COVID-19 to the leadership of key congressional committee members in the Senate and House. Now we need you to do the same.

Taking action is easy. With the click of a button, you can let our federal officials know that the CDC’s actions are unacceptable; there’s no room for compromising accuracy and transparency in data, especially in a time of crisis when the population is vulnerable to government overreach and abuse of power. Your participation in this request is significant. Please click below to take action now.

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