COVID-19 Policy Playbook: Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More Equitable Future

This report identifies and analyzes the policy challenges and opportunities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has six main sections, including the role of the government in preventing an controlling pandemics, fulfilling governmental responsibility in a federal system, financing and delivering health care, access to medicine and medical supplies, protecting workers and their families, and address disparities and equal rights. The report offers recommendations for immediate and long-term policy changes to gain control over COVID-19 and strengthen health equity in the years to come.

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Disease Tracking and Surveillance

Disease surveillance helps us detect disease cases, understand burden of disease and risk factors, provide the basis for timely and informed decision-making, guide control measures, and monitor impacts. Since the onset of COVID-19, surveillance efforts have worked to provide real-time tracking and forecast data, despite challenges with diagnostic capacity, case reporting, insufficient contact tracing, and fragmented data systems. COVID-19 has highlighted the need to invest in modern data systems, expand and skill up the workforce, and ensure data reporting and interpretation retain high ethical and epidemiological standards.

Masking, PPE & Infection Control

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Social Distancing and Isolation

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Testing for COVID-19

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