It’s now officially summer and increasingly more states are reopening their economies after a winter and spring where the United States effectively shut down during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time that summer temperatures rise and the nation at large grapples with how best to handle the coronavirus outbreak and protect against surges in new cases, a divisive general election season is heating up.
President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic Party nominee former Vice President Joe Biden are running against each other during a time when concerns over people’s individual health, the nation’s healthcare system, and state and federal response to COVID-19 all take center stage in both political and public health debates.
This spring, as criticism continued to build up over the federal government’s response to COVID-19 testing and tracing nationwide, the Biden campaign released its own coronavirus outbreak response plan. In a blog post published on Medium, the campaign’s public health advisory committee laid out an extensive COVID-19 testing plan.
In the post, the campaign asserts that reopening and strengthening the U.S. economy and protecting the public health of its citizens shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. They outline a range of proposals for crafting a better national COVID-19 response, from increased supply and access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to more rigorous testing and tracing for the coronavirus.