How will we prepare for future pandemics? Here's a 3-step plan.
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COVID-19 has taken over the country and we need to be better prepared for future pandemics.
- Pandemic response simulation
- Annual assessments of capacity
- Monitoring the federal stockpile of PPE
First, our federal, state, and local governments should conduct annual pandemic response simulations, similar to the one run last year. This simulation showed our we were not prepared for a pandemic, which has been proven out by the COVID-19 crisis. These simulations should produce reports that are available to the public with recommendations as to how to shore up our prevention and response systems.
Second, Congress should make sure our health agencies are annually assessing the capacity of our healthcare system to treat projected pandemics of all types. We need to ensure that we have an adequate healthcare workforce, that we are building hospital beds in major cities and rural towns alike, and increasing vital and life-saving medical equipment.
Finally, where is the PPE? We need to have an ample PPE stock pile for future pandemics. Healthcare workers on the front lines have been forced to treat patients without protection and a stock pile would ensure that we protect our healthcare workers in the future.
Contact your Representatives so we can help prevent another pandemic.
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