Hospitals Can No Longer Report COVID-19 Data Directly To CDC : Short Wave Data are so more than just a bunch of numbers, especially when it's the data hospitals are reporting about COVID-19. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration made a sudden change to the way that information is shared. The process bypasses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raising concern among some public health officials. NPR's Pien Huang explains the recent controversy, and why the way COVID-19 hospital data are reported is such a big deal.
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The Controversy Around COVID-19 Hospital Data

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The Controversy Around COVID-19 Hospital Data

The Controversy Around COVID-19 Hospital Data

The Controversy Around COVID-19 Hospital Data

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Registered Respiratory Therapist Niticia Mpanga looks through patient information in the ICU at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Registered Respiratory Therapist Niticia Mpanga looks through patient information in the ICU at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas.

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Data are so more than just a bunch of numbers, especially when it's the data hospitals are reporting about COVID-19. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration made a sudden change to the way that information is shared. The process bypasses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raising concern among some public health officials. NPR's Pien Huang explains the recent controversy, and why the way COVID-19 hospital data are reported is such a big deal.

Follow more of Pien's reporting on the coronavirus here.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Berly McCoy and edited by Viet Le.