Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“What makes a society if you can’t even get together around keeping your people healthy?”

"Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S." 

"State and local public health departments across the country have endured not only the public’s fury, but widespread staff defections, burnout, firings, unpredictable funding and a significant erosion in their authority to impose the health orders that were critical to America’s early response to the pandemic.

While the coronavirus has killed more than 700,000 in the United States in nearly two years, a more invisible casualty has been the nation’s public health system. Already underfunded and neglected even before the pandemic, public health has been further undermined in ways that could resound for decades to come. A New York Times review of hundreds of health departments in all 50 states indicates that local public health across the country is less equipped to confront a pandemic now than it was at the beginning of 2020."
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A protest against a vaccination mandate in Staten Island, N.Y., in August.Credit...Yana Paskova for The New York Times
Credit...Yana Paskova for The New York Times

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