We need to take this seriously

Feb 29, 2020

Dear Friend,

I’ve spent my entire career working to protect the U.S. from pandemics such as the coronavirus. And what we have learned in combatting similar viruses, such as MERS, SARS and Ebola, is that – to be successful – we need an all-hands-on-deck approach from every level of our government. We need to provide our federal agencies with the full funding they need to combat the virus, and each and every one of us needs to do our part to help contain its spread as much as possible.

While there have not yet been any reported widespread outbreaks here in the U.S., the CDC warned recently that they are preparing for it. And, they are recommending that all Americans take the following steps to help prevent the spread here in the U.S.:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw that tissue out.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.

As we all work to do our part to contain the spread of this virus, it’s important that our leaders are doing everything they should to prepare our country for the virus’s arrival. Unfortunately, however, the Trump administration is failing to take some of the steps our public health leaders – and our experience – show is necessary to protect us from the virus.

If you’re interested, you can read what I wrote in today’s Denver Post about why the Trump administration needs to stop playing politics and start doing what’s right to protect the health of the American people by clicking here.

As always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988. Or you can visit my website at DeGette.house.gov to learn more about all of the different ways that my staff and I are available to assist you.

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Diana DeGette
Member of Congress