Dean Boris Lushniak Tells Newsy There Was a Patchwork Response for Containing COVID-19
Dean Boris Lushniak told Newsy that the United States needed one clear plan for containing COVID-19, but instead saw a steady stream of announcements and directives by state and local authorities.
"At this stage, you know, as a nation, we're in essence functioning almost as 50 separate nations," Lushniak said.
Newsy reported that one month after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the US, Washington declared a state of emergency. California and Hawaii followed suit the next. By the time President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, more than half of states had already declared their own.
50 states had 50 different ideas with what action to take to protect their communities, Newsy reported.
"I would prefer that we do this as a unified front as opposed to having every single jurisdiction trying to make decisions by themselves. The virus doesn't know international boundaries. Nor does the virus know state boundaries," Lushniak told Newsy.
Lushniak said that if the whole world followed the rules of social distancing and sheltering in place, we could put an end to the pandemic fairly quickly.
"My fear is unless we take this much more aggressively, we're going to see further spread,” Lushniak said. “Once we overwhelm the medical care system, then all hell is going to really break loose."