A brand new KFF brief solutions key questions on potential U.S. army engagement within the home response to the novel coronavirus. With issues that native response capabilities might turn out to be overwhelmed within the coming weeks, there have been rising calls to have the U.S. army play a better function in help of civilian response.
The U.S. army 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 army additionally has a reservoir of skilled scientists and medical professionals, stockpiles of medical provides (resembling masks and different private protecting gear, and respirators), and army medical services.
However, not all army assets can be found for civilian use, and never all are prone to be acceptable for civilian coronavirus response wants. U.S. legislation and army guidelines and laws additionally place some restrictions on the sorts of actions that the army can have interaction in as a part of a home response. The temporary examines these and different necessary features of better army engagement in coronavirus response within the U.S.