An open letter to the U.S. Congress

We Need a Pandemic Testing Board

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Hi there. I am reaching out to request that you declare support for the creation of a national Pandemic Testing Board, similar to what is presented in the Harvard Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience. The Pandemic Testing Board would create thousands of jobs in order to produce and carry out tests, contact trace individuals who test positive, and provide spaces for safe isolation. This board must actively take into account and support marginalized communities, communities of color, and Indigenous communities who are disproportionately impacted by the virus. The Movement for Black Lives National Demands for COVID-19 illustrate the kinds of policies we must pursue, including, but not limited to: providing free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and services for ALL, regardless of immigration status; ensuring equal access to safe quarantine spaces, for non-disabled and disabled people alike; and redirecting federal policing and military dollars to agencies and groups providing medical and social support. This is the best solution to save lives and restart the economy, sooner rather than later. As Nobel laureate economist Paul Romer describes, getting to 35 million tests per day would cost around $100 billion. It's a steep price tag, but a fraction of the $350 billion or so in monthly economic losses due to the ongoing lockdowns and social distancing measures in the United States (notwithstanding the additional material human pain that will continue if we do not finally meet this virus head-on). With your support, we can save lives and livelihoods. Take care!

First sent on August 2, 2020 by Isolating Together

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