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Feel helpless, angry, anxious about #coronavirus? You can start adopting the hygiene & social distancing measures that public health professionals recommend, BUT you can do something more. You can make a difference. Call your members of Congress today. 1/ congressionalinstitute.org/contact-congre…
This is doubly important in Republican districts and states, as @realDonaldTrump is mismanaging the crisis and most @GOP members of Congress do not want to cross him. You can provide cover for them, force them to act now. 2/ politico.com/news/2020/03/0…
What can you ask for? There are lots of ideas here. 3/ law.yale.edu/yls-today/news…
But we desperately need @CDCgov to loudly, unequivocally come out for more robust social distancing. It's clear #coronavirus has spread widely in US. Social distancing can help blunt further spread, flatten epidemic curve, giving health workers more time to deal with the sick. 4/
We also need members of Congress to amplify the messages of trusted scientists in the Administration and in our academic centers, not the damage control/public relations strategy coming out of the @WhiteHouse. 5/ nationalmemo.com/trump-continue…
To lessen the impact of #CoronavirusOutbreak we need to get our national response back on track and then some. There are entirely new things we need to do, which can't be done until we clean up the current mess. Things like this: 6/ nytimes.com/2020/03/03/opi…
And address the risks among some of our nation's most vulnerable individuals, learning from past outbreaks. 7/ ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
And consider out-of-the-box ideas such as those here suggested in dealing with our fellow Americans in jails and prisons in the US. 8/ themarshallproject.org/2020/03/06/whe…
And freeze any immigration enforcement activities pronto. If people are afraid to come out for testing or care because of @ICEgov, we're all at risk. 9/ statnews.com/2020/03/04/imm…
If people are afraid they can't afford testing or care, that puts us all at risk too. We can do something about that as well. 10/ nytimes.com/2020/03/03/hea…
Politicians are risk-averse in the best of times, in this political climate many are more afraid of @realDonaldTrump than #CoronavirusUSA. We have to make them more afraid of us. So get on the phones, send emails, but put a fire under them. 11/
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