The government lacks a national plan for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says ‘rolling reentry’ of economy possible in May, but ‘can’t guarantee’ election safety in November By MARK SHERMAN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS | APR 12, 2020 | 4:30 PM | WASHINGTON
‘The United States’ top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the economy in parts of the country could have a “rolling reentry” as early as next month, provided health authorities can quickly identify and isolate people who will inevitably be infected with the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci also said he “can’t guarantee” that it will be safe for Americans to vote in person on Election Day, Nov. 3.’
In the absence of a national testing strategy, states are going their own way Eilperin, Juliet; McGinley, Laurie; Mufson, Steven; Dawsey, Josh. The Washington Post; Washington, D.C. [Washington, D.C]08 Apr 2020: A.9.
‘Three months into the coronavirus epidemic, the Trump administration has yet to devise a national strategy to test Americans for the deadly disease – something experts say is key to blunting the outbreak and resuming daily life. In the absence of a national plan, several states are developing their own testing systems, but the emerging picture varies widely. States with more money and robust medical sectors have devised comprehensive plans, while others lag far behind. The White House, meanwhile, is still debating which tests should be sent to which regions and how much to focus on testing Americans to see who may have developed immunity to the disease.”‘
The Johns Hopkins Medical School, a non-government entity, has created a national plan.
“In order to save lives, reduce COVID-19’s burden on our healthcare system, ease strict social distancing measures, and confidently make progress toward returning to work and school, the United States must implement a robust and comprehensive system to identify all COVID-19 cases and trace all close contacts of each identified case. It is estimated that each infected person can, on average, infect 2 to 3 others. This means that if 1 person spreads the virus to 3 others, that first positive case can turn into more than 59,000 cases in 10 rounds of infections.” https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
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