The FDA requires people to get a prescription from a health care practitioner in order to purchase the test to self‐administer at home. And providers are instructed to give a prescription only to patients who are symptomatic.
In a recent article in The Atlantic, Thomas Chatterton Williams decried America’s handling of the coronavirus. The words “utter disaster” are used, and Williams, an expatriate, contrasts America’s response to that of France, where he currently lives. “As Donald Trump’s America continues to shatter records for daily infections, France, like most other developed nations and … Continue reading 3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?
Here’s a question for public policy: If you could cut the COVID-19 death rate in half, would you do it? Policymakers could do that, if they act accordingly by greatly increasing testing of both residents and staff at nursing homes and other extended care facilities, the hottest of hot spots for coronavirus deaths. By now, … Continue reading Focusing Public Policy on Nursing Homes Could Cut COVID-19 Deaths by Half
As the country attempts to reopen amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, one easy way we can help reduce the spread of the disease is using face masks. But policymakers—such as those in California and in some cities—are exactly wrong to mandate them. Policymakers and public health officials should encourage the use of masks, but should absolutely avoid … Continue reading Using Face Masks Is Still a Good Idea. Mandating Them Isn’t.
Democrats have used the coronavirus to point to why the U.S. needs a government-paid family leave program (such as the FAMILY Act), so that employees can take time off from their jobs without losing much-needed paychecks. Well, in Washington state (which has the most reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. thus far), “It’s Here. It’s Yours.”—government-paid family leave, that … Continue reading Coronavirus Shows Government Paid Leave a Bad Fit for Employees’ Needs