CDC responds to paper controversy: Cases released to the public before writing

Note signed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on published articles in the New England Journal: On January 29, 2020, relevant professionals from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations published a report entitled “New England Journal” The paper on the early transmission dynamics of pneumonia with the new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China, has been questioned by netizens. The situation is described as follows:

CDC responds to paper controversy: Cases released to the public before writing

First, the paper is based on the 425 confirmed cases reported as of January 23, 2020 (including 15 medical personnel) carried out retrospective analysis, all cases have been published to the community before the paper was written. The 15 medical personnel mentioned in the paper were reported to the public in the early hours of January 20th, respectively, by Zhong Nanshan, head of the high-level expert group of the National Health and Care Commission.

Second, the paper’s view that “human-to-human transmission occurred in close contacts in December 2019” is based on retrospective inferences from 425 caseepidemiological survey data.

The paper was completed by professionals from more than a dozen units, including the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Hong Kong.

Fourth, timely publication of the results of the survey in academic journals, will help professional colleagues at home and abroad to understand the characteristics of the disease in a timely manner, jointly assess and evaluate the epidemic, improve prevention and control strategies.

Thank you for your concern and support, welcome to monitor our work.

China Center for Disease Control and Prevention

January 31, 2020