For several months, our organization has requested the CDC to add the Corona Virus to the national notifiable conditions list. The CDC has refused and and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists don't even have it as a topic of discussion at their upcoming conference. Why?
Most Americans have heard of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s commonly referred to as the CDC, but few may be aware of the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS).
We're an organization that provides benefits to traumatized individuals which includes contracting an Infectious Disease listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System in the course of their employment or educational curriculum. As such, it's our job to advocate for the addition of Corona Virus (Covid-19) to the NNDSS.
After many requests, we finally received a formal response from the Office of the Chief of Staff, CDC stating, "Conditions are added to the national notifiable conditions list through a consensus process managed by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. This organization of public health epidemiologists collaborates with CDC to recommend changes to the notifiable disease list. After approval by the state and territorial representatives, CDC implements the necessary adjustments to the list."
So, we submitted our request to the President and to the Chair of Infectious Diseases at the the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and received a response from them stating, "To add a disease to the national notifiability list, it is voted on at the annual CSTE conference. Such proposals are written by a non-CDC CSTE member. Currently no one is anticipating this as a topic at our annual conference in June."
In summary, CDC is refusing to add the Corona Virus (Covid-19) to the NNDSS and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists don't even have it as a topic of discussion at their upcoming conference. The only logical conclusion is control of information and resources which includes funding - the CDC will receive $6.5 Billion in funding during 2020 and doesn't appear to be eager to share with States and Cities.
Based on our recent experiences, Ebola and Zika were handled very differently. The question is why?
Here's a link to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) that includes almost 130 infectious diseases, everything from Anthrax to Zika. https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/notifiable/2020/