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National COVID-19 Testing Action Plan: Pragmatic Steps to Reopen Our Workplaces and Our Communities   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "Pandemics sicken and kill people in three ways: first by overwhelming patients' immune defenses, then by swamping hospital networks, and eventually by cutting off a community's economic lifeblood. Hence, 'saving lives or saving the economy' is a false choice. As of April 19, Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] had directly killed more than 163,000 people worldwide, including nearly 35,000 in the United States. But the indirect effects are still being counted. The Great Recession of 2008, for instance, killed people in the thousands by disrupting healthcare for mothers, children and those with chronic illnesses and increasing a host of deadly mental and social conditions like alcoholism, depression and domestic abuse. With the first wave of infections from the Covid-19 pandemic cresting in much of the country, American political and business leaders rightly are considering plans to reopen the economy. This Action Plan is intended to serve as a resource guide for that all-important project. [...] The goal of the Action Plan is to build a state-led national program of Covid-19 testing that supports reopening the economy through the goals of workforce monitoring, early detection of recurrent outbreaks, and diagnostic and home testing. This would be the largest public health testing program in American history. Success will depend on the active engagement of the government, business, philanthropy, and the public."

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2020-04-21
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Rockefeller Foundation
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