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Political influence is leading cause of mistrust of public health agencies: Study

Posted On: Mar. 8, 2023 10:00 AM CST

People who tended to report lower trust in public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the pandemic believed those agencies' health recommendations were politically influenced and inconsistent, according to a study published in Health Affairs, Axios reports. Those who reported low trust in the CDC were more likely to report a belief their recommendations were politically influenced (74%) or were influenced by private industry (60%), the study, led by Harvard University researchers, found.