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Who Is In Charge During A National Health Crisis?

A former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides his expertise as listeners navigate their concerns for others and for their own independence.


Who is in charge of a national health crisis and how do you take command in a nation of varied opinions, demographics, and levels of trust?


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We are in the midst of a global health crisis but, things seemed to get better.

Daily deaths from COVID 19 were down to around 200 per day, but then along came battles over mask mandates, and then a more contagious Delta Variant became to spread.

Now over 1000 COVID-related deaths a day are being reported in the US.

We have effective vaccines, but some folks have chosen not to get the shots, blocking our ability to reach herd immunity.

Mandates, restrictions, and reactions change from state to state, region to region, school district to school district.

Poising the question – Who should take charge of our healthcare behavior during a national crisis?

And when do our personal freedoms make way for the interests of the community at large?


Edward L. Hunter

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