Forbes | November 16, 2022
This was the right call, argue public health law experts Lawrence Gostin and James Hodge. The two contend that Covid-19 is still a major health threat as one of the current top killers of Americans. Additionally, hospitals and healthcare systems are being battered by outbreaks of both RSV and the flu, which in some areas has led to opening up temporary locations to put patients into, as hospitals are running out of beds. Gostin and Hodge also advocate for the government to plan out clear steps for transitioning out of emergency mode. “What is needed is definitive national guidance on gradual de-escalation steps to assure that millions of Americans, already battered by the worst infectious disease threat in U.S. history, do not suffer the loss of their livelihoods, or lives, to the abrupt termination of government authority and support,” they write.