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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: How Will We Reopen The Economy?

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President Donald Trump desires to reopen the nation quickly. But public well being consultants from throughout the ideological spectrum insist that gained’t be protected till the nation can dramatically ramp up testing and call tracing stemming from these contaminated. Meanwhile, the political sparring among the many president and members of Congress and the nation’s governors just isn’t serving to Americans perceive what they need to do on this grave public well being disaster.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider, Tami Luhby of CNN and Anna Edney of Bloomberg News.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

The present outbreak of COVID-19 infecting greater than 500 folks at a pork processing plant in South Dakota is a cautionary story for efforts to get again to work. That state is one which the president has been pointing to as having few instances and in a very good place to renew peculiar life once more. The shortages of masks, protecting gear and a few medicine associated to COVID-19 proceed. Much of that tools and people medicine come from India and China, and the provision traces have been disrupted by outbreaks there. Although U.S. hospitals seem to have an sufficient variety of ventilators, for now, the medicine to assist deal with and sedate sufferers on the machines are briefly provide. The Food and Drug Administration lately took the weird step of permitting hospitals to make their very own drugs for these sufferers. The monetary impression of the disaster can also be affecting Americans’ well being. Many people who find themselves instantly with out jobs would not have entry to meals or insurance coverage. Some bigger corporations which have been pressured to shut down, similar to Macy’s, furloughed workers, which suggests they keep advantages like medical health insurance, for now, although they don’t have a paycheck. Despite getting a $100 billion bailout within the final federal monetary aid invoice, hospitals say they are going to want more cash ― and shortly. But Democrats and Republicans in Congress are nonetheless bickering about tips on how to transfer ahead to acquire extra stimulus cash.

Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they assume you need to learn too:

Julie Rovner: Politico Magazine’s “Inside America’s 2-Decade Failure to Prepare for Coronavirus,” by Dan Diamond

Tami Luhby: Kaiser Health News’ “Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19,” by Jay Hancock, Phil Galewitz and Elizabeth Lucas

Kimberly Leonard: FiveThirtyEight’s “Why Did the World Shut Down for COVID-19 But Not Ebola, SARS or Swine Flu,” by Kaleigh Rogers

Anna Edney: The New York Times’ “3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, a Storm and 2 Labs: A Nasal Swab’s Journey,” by Rukmini Callimachi

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