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Of the nearly 2,000 US nurses surveyed on Medscape (WebMD’s sister site for healthcare professionals) between May 25 and June 3, 77% said their trust in the CDC had declined since the pandemic began, and 51% said they trust them. The FDA has shrunk. Likewise, of the nearly 450 American doctors interviewed over the same time period, 77% said their confidence in the CDC had declined, and 48% said their confidence in the FDA had declined.
Medical workers were critical decisions of these agencies during the pandemic, with some worried that their work has been politicized.
“I have no doubt, no doubt or disagreement with the mission (s) of the agencies,” one nurse wrote in a commentary on the Medscape survey. “I really (over the past 2 years) question the extent to which the leaders of these organizations are able to truly implement evidence-based and public health-oriented guidelines and practices that are free of political influence and bias.”
Fewer WebMD readers said their trust in agencies was eroded during the pandemic. Of the nearly 2,200 US WebMD readers surveyed from May 26 to June 1, 44% said their trust in the CDC declined during the pandemic, and 33% said their trust in the FDA had declined.
Doctors and nurses reported lower CDC credibility than WebMD readers. Among doctors, 31% said they trust the CDC overall, compared with 25% of nurses and 45% of WebMD readers. The FDA is not doing much better: 37% of doctors, 27% of nurses, and 41% of WebMD readers said they trust the FDA as a whole.
In addition to a lack of trust, many health professionals have said they disagree with the CDC and FDA’s actions regarding COVID-19. About half of doctors and nurses said they disagree with the FDA’s overall decision-making process during the pandemic, compared with 36% of WebMD readers. About 60% of doctors and 65% of nurses said they disagree with the CDC’s general guidelines for tackling the pandemic, while 39% of WebMD readers agreed.
Last month’s CDC recommendation that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks or distance themselves from society. are a prime example cases of disagreement of health professionals with official recommendations.
“The new CDC camouflage guidelines focus on those communities that have high vaccination rates and those for whom camouflage has been a burden.” tweeted Rhea Boyd pediatrician, M.D. “In communities where most people are still ‘waiting to see’ or do not have access to vaccine, disguise is still important for EVERYONE. “
“They wear masks every day and vaccine safe, ”commented a CDC and FDA doctor in a Medscape survey. “Unfortunately, I no longer feel like I can trust them at all.”