July 30, Michel Accad
With cases of COVID-19 either disappeared or rapidly diminishing from places like Wuhan, Italy, New York, and Sweden, many voices are speculating that herd immunity may have been reached in those areas and that it may be at hand in the remaining parts of the world that are still struggling with the pandemic. Others insist that rates of infections are far below those expected to confer immunity on a community. Michel looks to Mongolia’s 2015 measles outbreak for guidance, concluding that invoking herd immunity to explain diminishing COVID-19 numbers is premature.
July 23, Dallas Ducar and Katie Wolf
Kansas has rescinded an executive order that dramatically empowered and expanded its health care workforce as COVID-19 cases soared. In the best interest of patients now and in the future, other states must not follow Kansas’ example. We must instead work to create a national change allowing for permanent and systematic advancement in health care. This pandemic allows us to review the way we work and quickly eliminate antiquated barriers. Let’s allow NPs to do what they do best: expertly treat patients — on their own.
July 22, Ken Terry
As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the federal government has lost control of the situation. Amid the Trump Administration’s happy talk and outright dismissal of the crisis, the U.S. is experiencing a forest fire of contagion and hospitalizations, and an upsurge in COVID-related deaths has already begun. All state governors are facing a common challenge—which is why they should cooperate with each other, regardless of their political philosophy. Collective state action is desperately needed so that the states most badly hit by this pandemic can receive timely aid from the other United States.