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Richard Danzig and Marc Lipsitch

Prepare Now for the Long War Against Covid-19

Fighting the surprise attack should not distract us from the lasting battle.  

Prepare to build more field hospitals.

Prepare to build more field hospitals.

Photographer: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Our current efforts to fight Covid-19 are the equivalent of fending off a surprise attack. Next we have to wage a sustained war. That means it’s essential to clearly envision the problems we’ll face over the next 12 to 18 months and mobilize to respond right away.

Here are five priority problems and the actions we should take now to mitigate them.