COVID-19: ‘Nowhere Near the End of the Mitigation Phase’

June 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 30, 2020

According to MedPage Today, this is not “the pandemic of a century” but “a harbinger of things to come,” a former CDC director told members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee during a hearing Tuesday. The warning from Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, now executive vice president and chief patient officer for Merck, underscored the need for a “health security agenda,” comprising both sustained leadership and funding, as well as clear communication and coordination, she said.

The HELP committee hearing was called to examine the “lessons learned” from the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for the next pandemic, but was deemed premature by several members.

Sen. Chris Murphy pointed out that the highest number of cases globally since the pandemic started — 183,000 — was reported on Sunday. He lamented that Congress will take the July 4 recess without passing any legislation to help states respond to the ongoing health crisis.

Gerberding agreed that the pandemic is still present: “We are nowhere near the end of the mitigation phase of this crisis,” she replied when Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD suggested some communities have “moved beyond mitigation and should be in suppression.”

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