The Hill published an op-ed by Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor in residence of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, advocating increased U.S. federal spending on infectious disease prevention and public health resources in reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak, and on-going attention to these issues.
There’s a lot we don’t know about Covid-19 — the coronavirus now spreading around the world, aided by air travel.
Fighting Covid-19 has been complicated by a lack of transparent information from China about the exact origin of the disease, but there’s much that we do know, including that the number of cases in China is plateauing due to their efforts to fight the disease, as well as the genome of this virus, which will quickly lead to an accurate diagnostic tool.
In the U.S., the next steps are to marshal that information and be smart about fully investing in our nation’s infectious disease safety net in order to protect people here at home.
But, because infectious diseases don’t recognize borders, we must fight this disease with a global mindset, working with the World Health Organization (WHO), other global stakeholders, and the Chinese Center for Disease Control.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06