by Reyna Estrada / Sports Editor
With the recent growing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, politics have taken a backseat. News about recent cases and preventive measures being taken by various counties and states have been plastered across most mainstream news sites. All of the 2020 presidential candidates have their own plans in regard to how to address this national pandemic. All the candidates agree, however, that some sort of action must be taken.
Trump and the current White House’s plan
The House of Representatives passed an initial emergency spending plan in order to provide temporary paid sick and family medical leave, increase funding for health, food security and unemployment insurance programs as well as provide free coronavirus testing. According to White House officials, a more extended plan is in the works.
According to a usnews.com article, the Trump administration is finalizing a plan to send checks to American workers. Many Americans have found themselves jobless or with significantly decreased hours as states like Michigan, Illinois and Ohio shut down dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and other public spaces. Additionally, many states have canceled school for the foreseeable future, which increases child-care costs for many American families. The proposal to send checks to American workers is part of a larger economic stimulus plan which is reportedly in the works. The plan also contains an outline for loans to the airline industry as well as other industries that have been hurt because of the coronavirus.
In addition to this ongoing plan, the White House has also released guidelines for Americans to take preventive measures during the coronavirus crises. The guidelines state that if any individual feels sick, it is vital that he/she stays home from work, school or other activities. The guidelines also suggest that the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should stay home regardless. Additionally, the White House encourages avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, avoiding travel and practicing good hygiene
Biden’s Plan to combat Coronavirus
“The American people deserve an urgent, robust and professional response to the growing public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak,” according to Joe Biden’s campaign website.
The former Vice Presidents plan calls for free public testing, elimination of cost barriers for treatment and paid emergency leave for anybody impacted by the virus. Additionally, the plan states that the federal government should provide help to families, businesses and workers who have been affected by shutdowns and other measures for the coronavirus.
“The federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to help protect and support our families, small businesses, first responders and caregivers essential to help us face this challenge,” Biden’s website stated.
According to his campaign website, Biden also hopes to restore the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which was cut by Trump’s administration in 2018.
Biden’s plan states that it is vital to spread the accessibility of free testing, even calling for at least ten mobile testing sites and drive-through facilities per state.
Bernie Sanders’ Emergency Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
“In terms of potential deaths and the impact on our economy, the crisis we face from coronavirus is on the scale of a major war, and we must act accordingly. We must begin thinking on a scale comparable to the threat, and make sure that we are protecting working people, low-income people,” Sanders’ campaign website stated.
Sanders’ plan states that he intends to expand medicare to provide emergency health care for all, regardless of healthcare coverage, with free testing and treatment for the coronavirus. His plan calls for increasing provider capacity to decrease understaffing and implement successful testing models.
He also calls for the establishment of an Emergency Economic Crisis Finance Agency to address the economic issues that arise in times of emergency, such as the coronavirus pandemic. He states that workers should remain on payroll and the government should provide any necessary assistance, including emergency $2,000 cash payments to Americans every month during the crisis.
Sanders’ plan calls for the creation of an Oversight Agency to address price gouging.
“We need to establish an oversight agency to ensure no one is profiting off of the economic pain and suffering of our people in crisis,” Sanders’ website stated.