A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. navy engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With issues that native response capabilities might change into overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been growing calls to have the U.S. navy play a larger function in assist of civilian response.
The U.S. navy has vital capabilities in a variety of areas that could possibly be known as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, development, and different technical and logistical areas. The navy 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 navy medical services.
However, not all navy sources can be found for civilian use, and never all are prone to be applicable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. legislation and navy guidelines and laws additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the navy can have interaction in as a part of a home response. The temporary examines these and different vital points of larger navy engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.