A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. army engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With considerations that native response capabilities might grow to be overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been growing calls to have the U.S. army play a higher position in assist of civilian response.
The U.S. army has important capabilities in a variety of areas that may very well be known as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, development, and different technical and logistical areas. The army additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (corresponding to masks and different private protecting tools, and respirators), and army medical services.
However, not all army assets can be found for civilian use, and never all are more likely to be applicable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. regulation and army guidelines and rules additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the army can have interaction in as a part of a home response. The transient examines these and different essential points of higher army engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.