Op-Ed: Coronavirus revealed gaps in the U.S. ability to track infectious disease. That’s fixable | LA Times

Op-Ed: Coronavirus revealed gaps in the U.S. ability to track infectious disease. That’s fixable | LA Times
Center for Surgery and Public Health

April 17, 2020

“In the U.S., federal expenditures for public health have fallen from 1% of total healthcare expenditures in the early 1970s to 0.3% in 2018. But there is nothing like a global pandemic to motivate the public to pause and consider the proper role of government in healthcare and how to improve the system. As we move forward, one key component of a strengthened public health system should be a real-time universal data system for tracking infectious disease.” In an op-ed in the L.A. Times, CSPH affiliate faculty Dr. H. Gilbert Welch describes the challenges to get accurate data on COVID-19 testing in the U.S. and proposes some solutions on how to coordinate a uniform infectious disease findings data set. Read the full op-ed here