The CDC has emphatically not done a good job in this, my man. The agency’s inability to produce a workable, widely available diagnostic test in a timely way during the scariest pandemic in a century feels like a Chernobyl-scale failure in light of what’s about to hit New York and the rest of the country. In hindsight I think it’ll be seen as one of the most consequential government breakdowns in American history, in tandem with the feds’ inexplicable unwillingness to use the WHO’s coronavirus test after the CDC’s own testing development hit a snag.
No one, up to and including Trump, deserves less public confidence right now than the CDC. It would only be a slight exaggeration to say “they had one job” and that they blew it. And yet they’re the *most* trusted government actor on this list. Why?
Partly, I think, it’s the fact that news junkies like you and me are extreme outliers in terms of how much information we consume. Much of the public is probably still blissfully unaware that the CDC and FDA fell down on the job despite all the hype about it in papers like the Times and WaPo. It may also be that the CDC’s reputation as nonpartisan and science-focused insulates them from public criticism even when there’s plenty to criticize. They fight disease. There’s no reason for Democrats or Republicans to have any strong partisan animosity towards them.