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U.S. virus plan anticipates 18-month pandemic and widespread shortages


March 19, 2020

Kathy Willens – Associated Press

A New York State Department of Health worker gives instructions to a person seeking a coronavirus test at a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Wantaugh, N.Y.

WASHINGTON – A federal government plan to combat the coronavirus warned policymakers last week that a pandemic "will last 18 months or longer" and could include "multiple waves," resulting in widespread shortages that would strain consumers and the nation's health care system.

The 100-page plan, dated Friday, the same day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, laid out a grim prognosis for the spread of the virus and outlined a response that would activate agencies across the government and potentially employ special presidential powers to mobilize the private sector.


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