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The Way Forward on COVID-19

A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic

Originally published July 29, 2020.

We're at a tipping point. COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate across much of the United States.

If the nation does not change its course – and soon – deaths in the United States could well be in the multiples of hundreds of thousands.

We at the AAMC are dedicated to ensuring the health of our nation. This starts with a plan to address COVID-19 head-on. 

The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic includes 11 evidence-based actions — both immediate and long-term — set forth as a comprehensive, coordinated plan based on AAMC experts’ understanding of the pandemic as doctors, scientists, and medical educators.

As part of this road map, we will provide new guidance, updated actions, and more from our experts as they are developed. 

Consensus Guidance on Face Coverings

With no national policy regarding face masks, this document is a consensus statement designed to provide national guidance for the public on wearing face coverings to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

The AAMC Research and Action Institute has provided guidance and best practices for wearing face coverings both indoors and outdoors.

read THE Guidance 

A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic

The road map identifies a set of nine evidence-based, commonsense actions the AAMC believes is essential to act on immediately, and two longer-term, larger-scale changes to improve the overall health of our nation. They include:

  1. Remedy critical supply and drug shortages.
  2. Increase availability and accessibility of testing.
  3. Establish national standards on face coverings.

Read the Full Guidelines

AAMC Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing: The Current State and The Way Forward

Health care workers perform COVID-19 tests along a line of cars. A sign says "COVID-19 Drive-Up Testing."

A commitment to increasing the number of tests and suppressing the virus requires dedicated funding, continued investment in technology and test development, and smarter, more strategic use of our resources.

Read the Recommendations