The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has warned that the nation’s death could skyrocket “well into the multiple hundreds of thousands,” if the spread of the virus is not contained.
The report comes as America continues to battle the world’s largest outbreak of the novel virus that originated in Wuhan last year.
“Decisive, coordinated action is urgently needed to save lives, end the pandemic, restore America’s economy, and return our lives to normalcy,” Dr. David Skorton, AAMC president, and CEO said in a statement to CNN.
AAMC warned for the grim outcome with the report where it suggested a new roadmap for the US towards recovery.
“In the six months since the novel coronavirus came to the United States, nearly 150,000 people have died and more than four million have been confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the report says.
“It has preyed on the most vulnerable in our nation (including older people, people with underlying medical conditions, people of color, people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated, people with low incomes, and others),” AAMC adds.
“Decisive, coordinated action is urgently needed to save lives, end the pandemic, restore America’s economy, and return our lives to normalcy. It is critical that the United States takes a united approach to the pandemic.”
What does the group suggest?
The group has made suggestions in long term and short term action plan. Exerpts of short term action plans includes:
- Ramping up critical supplies for COVID-19 nationwide and at local levels
- The body has suggested the US must test at least 2.3 million people per day as a ‘goal’
- make face covering a national standard to bar the community spread
- Enforce a suitable ‘national criteria’ for lockdown, stay at home orders and reopening protocols as per severity
- Prioritize “for how the vaccine will be distributed” as soon as the SARS-CoVI-2 vaccine is out
- Healthcare inequalities must be addressed involving vulnerable and minority groups
- Inform and educate the public. “The need for reliable, easy-to-understand information from trusted sources is even more urgent in time, such as this pandemic”
Long-term action mainly suggests broadening the nation’s public health infrastructure. “Public health at all levels should be better funded,” the report suggests, adding:
“It is the work of federal, state, and local governments to implement and prioritize policies and expenditures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) professional guidance.”
What is the AAMC?
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is comprised of members from 155 accredited medical schools in the United States; 17 in Canada and 400 teaching hospitals along with 70 plus academic societies.