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On — and every day — I want to thank all of the health heroes for their sacrifices and for keeping us safe.

I always enjoy chatting with , even though we had to sit a little bit further apart than usual this time.

It’s encouraging to see the first projects begin from our effort to accelerate safe and effective drugs for .

I’m excited to join the Daily Homeroom today to talk about the incredible ways parents, teachers, and students are coming together to keep learning while schools are closed.

If we make the right decisions now—informed by science, data and the experience of medical professionals—we can save lives and get the country back to work. You can read more about my thoughts on on my blog.

In the meantime, frontline health care workers are making heroic efforts to test and treat patients across the United States and the world. Here in my hometown, Public Health Seattle & King County () is doing incredible work that we should all be very proud of.

All the work that rich countries are doing now to develop vaccines will save lives in developing countries too. Without a vaccine, those countries are at even greater risk than wealthy ones, because it’s even harder for them to do physical distancing and shutdowns.

If everything goes well, there might be an effective vaccine in less than 18 months—the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed. That will depend on decisions we make today, including the federal government investing in building up manufacturing capacity.

Work is going full speed on potential treatments, and vaccines. But people should know that it will take time to prove they are safe and effective and to start making them.

There’s been some progress on more efficient testing methods, such as the self-swab developed by the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network. I hope this and other innovations in testing are scaled up across the country soon.

The federal government needs to step up on testing: far more tests should be made available, and we should aggregate the results so we can quickly identify potential volunteers for clinical trials and know with confidence when it’s time to return to normal.

Extreme physical distancing measures will make a big difference in the U.S., but we need a consistent nationwide approach. Until the case numbers start to go down across America—which could take 10 weeks or more—no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.

There’s no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel . But the window for making important decisions hasn’t closed. The choices we and our leaders make now will have an enormous impact.

I’m inspired by the generosity of everyone who has contributed to this effort to help keep kids learning at home. Thank you to and especially the educators who are doing amazing things for their students every day.

One of the questions I am most often asked about the pandemic is how, and when, it will end. This article by does a really good job of outlining the steps we need to take.

This impressive new tool from will help hospitals, policymakers, and the general public better understand and prepare for the response in the U.S.

This is encouraging news, but we still have a lot of work to do. Extreme physical distancing and testing are the best tools we have right now to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

There are few people I’ve learned more from over the years–especially about viruses–than Peter Piot. This Q&A with him is an excellent, easy-to-understand primer on :

I’ve been impressed by governors across the country including , , , , , and the many others who are guiding their communities through this challenge and providing a model for us all to follow.

Thanks to Norway and Prime Minister for their ongoing leadership in global health and important investments in vaccines.

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