How Do We Exit The Shutdown? Hire An Army Of Public Health Workers

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Core public health work—the ability to find people with the virus and prevent them from passing it to others—will be essential to reopening schools and businesses. (Ed Reed / Mayoral Photography Office)

This post originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. It has been republished with permission.

Last month, facing the prospect of overwhelmed hospitals and unchecked spread of the novel coronavirus, seven Bay Area county and city health departments joined forces to become the first region in the nation to pass sweeping regulations ordering millions of people indoors and shuttering the local economy.

It shocked people, but health experts around the country applauded the bold step, which since has been broadly replicated.

They also say it can’t go on forever. And so Bay Area leaders, along with others around the nation, are trying to figure out how we can resume…

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