Building Trust in Public Health Institutions : Consider This from NPR If you're confused about the new CDC Coronavirus guidelines, you're not alone.

In fact, this week, the American Medical Association released a statement saying, "The new recommendations on quarantine and isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus."

Adherence to public health guidelines is built on trust, and over the last few weeks, trust in the CDC seems to be eroding.

Jessica Malaty Rivera, a Senior Advisor at the Pandemic Prevention Institute and a science communicator, explains how we got to this point...and what steps need to be taken to ensure public trust in the CDC.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

How To Build Public Trust When Fighting A Pandemic

How To Build Public Trust When Fighting A Pandemic

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with NPR on Wednesday that the nation is fighting headwinds in the fight to end the pandemic from new variants of the virus and efforts to rollback coronavirus restrictions. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with NPR on Wednesday that the nation is fighting headwinds in the fight to end the pandemic from new variants of the virus and efforts to rollback coronavirus restrictions.

Susan Walsh/AP

If you're confused about the new CDC Coronavirus guidelines, you're not alone.

In fact, this week, the American Medical Association released a statement saying, "The new recommendations on quarantine and isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus."

Adherence to public health guidelines is built on trust, and over the last few weeks, trust in the CDC seems to be eroding.

Jessica Malaty Rivera, a Senior Advisor at the Pandemic Prevention Institute and a science communicator, explains how we got to this point...and what steps need to be taken to ensure public trust in the CDC.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Eliza Dennis. It was edited by Sami Yenigun, Marc Silver, Jane Greenhalgh and Pien Huang, with additional reporting from Selena Simmons-Duffin and Pien Huang. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.