Need to Address Public Health Infrastructure

From the WashPost: To fight covid-19, Congress has to reward state cooperation

As the August recess looms, Congress is running out of time to do right by the American people with regard to the coronavirus. The craziest thing is that the most important part of what should be in the expected multi-trillion-dollar relief package is the least expensive: the estimated $75 billion necessary for public health infrastructure.

We are not in a recession arising from internal failures of the financial and market system. It’s the real economy that’s been shocked, by illness and fear, and addressing those shocks is the only way out. Only a full and effective public health response will put our economy and society back on a sound footing. And the most important thing Congress could do costs no additional money: It should distribute some portion of that needed public health appropriation in the form of bonus funds to states that establish formal regional collaborations for addressing the crucial matter of testing.

“Resetting the Approach to Covid-19”

Resetting the Approach to COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the United States and we see the number of cases rise, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic.

The AAMC is made up of 172 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, and has over 400 teaching hospitals and medical systems. Having medical professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic, AAMC proposes an evidence-based approach to tackling COVID-19 that centers around 9 immediate actions to be taken:

What to do re Covid-19

From a source called STAT: How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S.

* * * STAT asked a number of public health experts for a single suggestion of how we get ourselves out of this mess. We got lots.

None is a magic bullet. This is going to be a painful and slow process. But there are things individuals, public health departments, state and local governments, and the Trump administration can do.

The fire brigade needs us all.

More Details about Executive Decision-Making re Covid-19

From the NYTimes: Inside the Failure: 5 Takeaways on Trump’s Effort to Shift Responsibility. President Trump and his top aides sharply shifted their pandemic strategy in mid-April after seizing on optimistic data suggesting the virus would disappear, a Times investigation found.

This article, added to the previous one, provides details about presidential decision making re dealing (or not) with Covid-19.  The Diva considers it a key factor for those who will write case studies in the future.