The Trump administration has just made some rather bold moves to get a handle on the coronavirus.
On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, which will remove roadblocks and make additional funding available to fight this health crisis.
Reworking the system
When we went through the H1N1 virus in 2009-10, many of the problems we experienced then are being experienced now.
The most specific of these being test kits. The new measures being taken as a direct result of this declaration will hopefully ensure this never happens again.
Trump stated in his declaration, “We’re taking several decisive new actions in our very vigilant effort to combat and ultimately defeat the coronavirus.”
“We had some very old and obsolete rules that we had to live with that worked under certain circumstances but not under mass circumstances. They were in place a long time and we’re breaking them down now and they’re very usable for certain instances but not for this.”
The declaration will open up $50 billion in funding as well as remove regulations that have prevented a massive rollout of treatments and other forms of response.
Removing the roadblocks
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has repeatedly tried to explain the problem with testing kits.
He has stated that the CDC attempted to roll out testing kits immediately. Regulations in place at the time, however, prevented them from being able to do this properly.
Not only have those regulations been removed, but the private sector has now been called in to ensure that the job is done properly. Watch:
With the added funds now available, we are likely to see millions of kits being shipped out very quickly. This will, of course, result in a lot more cases being reported, but there is still no need to panic.
As Dr. Fauci has also stated many times, many of the preventive measures in place will hopefully keep the number of severe infections here in the United States from growing to the extent that happened in China as well as during the H1N1 virus outbreak.