Lessons from the COVID War: An Investigative Report

This powerful report on what went wrong—and right—with America’s Covid response from a team of thirty-four experts shows how Americans faced the worst peacetime catastrophe of modern times

Freeman Spogli Institute Senior Fellow, David Relman, is among a team of 34 experts, The Covid Crisis Group, that coauthored the report Lessons From the COVID War: An Investigative Report. This is the first book to distill the entire Covid story from 'origins' to 'Warp Speed.' As the U.S. ends the formal declaration of a public health emergency on May 11 - and as there are increasing calls from both Republicans and Democrats for a Covid Commission and full investigation into our nation's response - The Covid Crisis group, with this report, offers a nonpartisan, comprehensive examination.

Below are five lessons curated by the Covid Crisis Group, and featured in the book, that can be learned from the Covid War. The lessons listed are a select few, with more defined in the book.

  • Lesson 1: The Covid war is a story of how our wondrous scientific knowledge has run far, far ahead of the organized human ability to apply that knowledge in practice. 
  • Lesson 2: The United States met the 21st century pandemic with structures mainly built for 19th century problems.
  • Lesson 3: Partisan divisions over America's Covid response were partly the result of policy failure, not its cause. 
  • Lesson 4: There is not enough evidence available from inside of China to come down hard on any theory of the origins or SARS-CoV-2. But regardless of how the origins controversy comes out, what is already known drives two great agendas for the future.
  • Lesson 5: Containment failed and federal crisis management collapsed under President Trump's leadership. But Trump himself was comorbidity. Systemic problems existed before 2020, and they continue to exist to this day.

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