As we await the final results of the 2020 Presidential election, we look to the future and how whoever wins will address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some areas might see a “second wave” with cases likely to surge over the next three months. So what should the next president do to manage the potential spike? Sharon Nachman, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and an investigator/principal investigator on more than 30 clinical trials, including vaccine trials, shares what she thinks needs to be done.
- Engage the communities – all of them. Make them be part of protecting America in promoting good physical and mental health, as well as supporting your local community.
- Bring science back.
- Be open about trying to get the right answers about COVID-19 vaccination: i.e. Are there special considerations on who should get the vaccine first?
- Strengthen our health infrastructure both within the US and with WHO. Remember viruses take planes too.
- Continue funding medical research to increase the ability to prevent and contain the virus.
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