Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

As the Guardian reports, politics is in — and science is out — when Donald Trump talks about coronavirus.

For the first time since 1946, when the CDC flickered to life in a cramped Atlanta office with a brief to fight malaria, the agency is not at the frontline of a public health emergency in the US.

The low profile of the CDC has caused “frustration and some embarrassmen”, according to Jeffrey Koplan, the director of the CDC under Bill Clinton and George W Bush. “It’s like you’re an accomplished violinist playing in a quartet and you’re told you can’t use your right arm. That’s the feeling.”