We can contain the spread of COVID-19 — but the federal government must step up before it’s too late

The best way for the federal government to contain the spread of the coronavirus is to provide guidance and funding to state and local programs which then do the work on the ground:

1. Numbers. Experts estimate the U.S. will need 100,000 to 300,000 contact tracers. These can be epidemiologists, nurses, and trained citizens. Ideally, these people will be employed by local health departments in their area. The National Association of County and City Health Officials says public health departments should have 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people.

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