Part 1: “The future of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned from pandemic influenza” (Apr 30, 2020) Welcome to “COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint.” We appreciate that other expert groups have produced detailed plans for mitigating SARS-CoV-2 transmission and for reopening the country after stay-at-home orders and other important mitigation steps are eased. Our intent with the Viewpoint is to add key information and address issues that haven’t garnered the attention they deserve and reflect the unique experience and expertise among the CIDRAP team and our expert consultants. We will address timely issues with straight talk and clarity. And the steps we will recommend will be based on our current reality and the best available data. Our goal is to help planners envision some of the situations that might present themselves later this year or next year so that they can take key steps now, while there’s still time. “COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint” will address such topics as pandemic scenarios going forward, crisis communication, testing, contact tracing, surveillance, supply chains, and epidemiology issues and key areas for research. We will release approximately one to two reports per week. Our hope is that our effort can help you plan more effectively and understand the many aspects of this pandemic more clearly—and for you and your family, friends, and colleagues to be safer.

 

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