United States Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, January-November 2020

United States Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, January-November 2020


Focusing on the states of New York, Wisconsin, and Florida, the paper tracks the unfloding of COVID-19 in the United States and reflects on the governmental response to the pademic

Health Economics, Policy and Law


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Reflections on US response

  1. Initial containment measures (shutting borders, locking down) were delayed and were not mandated nationally.
  2. Testing got off to a slow start, never reached consistent sufficient capacity, and testing times remained too long, thereby impeding contact tracing.
  3. Initial physical and human resources were insufficient for a pandemic response and there were challenges building them up
  4. National leadership abdicated, and leadership fell to the states.
  5. Some states may have reopened too early and quickly.
  6. Noncompliance with mandates/guidelines may also have contributed to all three surges.
  7. Lack of entitlements to care may have affected access to testing, treatment and outcomes.
  8. The Trump Administration marginalised public health and scientific leaders, and contradicted and interfered with scientific guidelines and advice.
  9. The healthcare workforce was not protected
  10. Containment measures were politicised, and behaviour had a partisan basis.
Andriy Koval
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Informatics

I am a data scientist with background in quantitative methods and interest in data-driven models of health and aging