Coronavirus

The coronavirus has had a staggering impact on the health and the economy, from lives lost and long-term illness and disability to disruption in the labor market and supply chains to a mental health crisis and lost instructional time for children and adolescents. Many of these negative outcomes disproportionately affect women, older adults, disabled individuals, and people of color. 

The Center for American Progress is committed to supporting continued coronavirus preparedness and response to proactively protect health in the United States and around the globe. The United States must continue to monitor disease trends; plan and invest in vaccines, tests, and treatments; continue research and development on issues such as long COVID and updated strategies to combat new variants; educate the public on ways to reduce risk; and strengthen the public health system. It must also address the persistent health and economic consequences of the coronavirus through policies such as paid sick leave, access to health care, workplace accommodations and safety standards, and mental health supports. These investments are critical for the United States to respond quickly and protect the nation from further illness, disability, death, and economic disruption.

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center in Washington, January 2021. (Getty/Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc)

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