Wrote this on September 18, 2020 but only now making it public. It is as crazy as it sounds, times two.
Source: CDC director says you do not need a flu shot? Says face masks more effective than vaccine | Coldstreams Business and Tech
That post has been updated with a news report that CDC Director Robert Redfield lied, that the agency and public health are politicized, the public no longer trusts public health officials, and that the CDC and public health may never recover from the reputational damage caused by failures and incompetence. Redfield seems to have started as a good person who rose to his Peter Principle level of incompetence, which is sad.