President Trump has made it official and declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus.
The declaration frees up federal resources to speed up the response to the outbreak by providing more resources to the federal, state, and local governments.
Around the country school is shut down, events are canceled, and businesses are closed in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
Individually the risk is low but if a large portion of the population contracts the virus and requires medical care it could place a catastrophic strain on the medical system.
President Trump’s declaration provides the resources needed for a swift response, something that has been criticized in recent days.
This most specifically will help make testing available to a larger portion of the population and hopefully speed up the discovery of a vaccine.
White House planning drive-through COVID testing
CDC and Health dept officials meeting w/Lab Core, Quest, Roche, while retail and tech industry execs were also invited to help create a web portal for COVID testing drive-ins
— Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) March 13, 2020