Arcadia alum Will Scott, who witnessed the first Ebola outbreak in East Africa in 2007 while he was working there in health education, public health outreach, and pediatric medicine, is currently on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight in Sacramento, California, writes Andrea Walls for the Arcadia University News.
Among the most significant challenges for the nation’s COVID-19 response, Scott identified the lack of a centralized public health policy. This has resulted in insufficient preparation, shortage of testing kits, and unreliable handling of critical medical supplies.
Scott also noticed some similarities between how the U.S. is responding to COVID-19 to how Ebola was first addressed in East Africa.
“We didn’t know who would be infected or how long it would last since it was a brand new strain of Ebola that had not been seen anywhere else in the world before,” recalled Scott. “There was so much uncertainty, which is what it is like for people battling COVID-19 on a much larger scale.”
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