AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool In an utterly predictable survey result, American’s trust in the public health system has plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flip flops, guidance that makes no sense if vaccines work, and science-denying guidelines such as the continued masking of young children all contribute to this finding. As I predicted in April : The damage that the politicization of everything related to the pandemic, from masks to medications to school closures and indoor dining, will only be measured by the next public health crisis. For Americans in states where schools opened, and indoor activities restarted months ago, trust in the health bureaucracy along with the media-appointed “experts” has plummeted. The same is true for anyone who was following the research on COVID-19 closely. A survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that while Americans think public health is essential, they are concerned about how the system functions. Americans also express more trust in their state and local public health officials. Researchers took this survey before the great mask debate after the CDC’s about-face and the revelations regarding gain of function research by the NIH. One might predict many of these results may have fallen further.
Key findings from the summary: About seven in ten adults (71%) favor substantially increasing federal spending on improving the nation’s public health programs, with (72%) believing the activities of public health agencies are extremely or essential to the nation’s health.
Yet, the public’s rating of the nation’s public health system and medical system has changed over time, with positive ratings of the public health system declining from 43% to 34% from 2009 to 2021.
Favorable ratings of the medical system increased from 36% to 51% from 2009 to 2020. The public currently trusts nurses, healthcare workers, and doctors more than public health institutions and agencies.
In 2021, 54% of the public gave the CDC positive job performance ratings (excellent or good), while 59% did in 2009. The approval for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is (48%), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) […]
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