Review: Public health, medical associations call on federal authorities, state and local governments to prioritize safety in COVID-19 policies

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Review: Public health, medical associations call on federal authorities, state and local governments to prioritize safety in COVID-19 policies

Review: Public health, medical associations call on federal authorities, state and local governments to prioritize safety in COVID-19 policies

This statement from over 40 health and medical associations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the National Association of County and City Health Officers, asks state and local political leaders to use an evidence- and public health-focused approach to lifting pandemic orders and closures.

According to the statement,

The process of easing physical distancing measures must be guided by regional and local data and preparedness levels, including capacities for widespread testing, contact tracing, patient management and the public health and health care workforces and medical supplies necessary for these critical activities. Fully prepared and strengthened public health and health care infrastructures must be in place. Easing restrictions on proximity and gatherings prematurely can increase the burden of this pandemic by leading to increased infections, illnesses and deaths, overwhelming health systems, prolonging the pandemic and extending economic hardships.

|2020-05-01T09:01:18-04:00April 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Ross Silverman

Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

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