Military's Medical Response to COVID-19 in NJ May Lead to New Blueprint for Public Health Emergencies

In New Jersey, the Army Reserve has put together task forces to help local hospitals in the fight against COVID-19. These task forces, called Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force units, are made up of soldiers trained in things like nursing, emergency response, and physician assistants. Working side by side with hospital staff, they’re able to help lift some of the pressure, exhaustion, and stress during the pandemic.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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