April 30, 2020
Natalia Linos and Mary T. Bassett, Foreign Affairs
The authors warn against a militarized, punitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead calling for a civilian public health workforce to help contain the virus.
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Behind this less militarized response will perhaps be political talk not of war and conflict but of postwar reconstruction and social solidarity, in which the government’s response creates economic opportunities—while the public demands a radical overhaul of the health-care, social security, and employment systems that have proven so disastrous for so many.