A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. navy engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With considerations that native response capabilities may change into overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been rising 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 spread of areas that might be known as upon within the home response to coronavirus — together with communications, transportation, infrastructure, engineering, building, 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 gear, and respirators), and navy medical amenities.
However, not all navy assets can be found for civilian use, and never all are prone to be acceptable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. legislation and navy guidelines and rules additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the navy can interact in as a part of a home response. The transient examines these and different vital points of larger navy engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.