Shut it down, Start over, Do it Now.

DOWNLOAD THE LETTER** This is an open letter to America’s decision makers, on behalf of health professionals across the country. We’ll update the list regularly with signatures. If you’re a health professional and want to add your name, you can do so here

Dear decision makers,

Hit the reset button.

Of all the nations in the world, we’ve had the most deaths from COVID-19. At the same time, we’re in the midst of “reopening our economy,” exposing more and more people to coronavirus and watching numbers of cases — and deaths — skyrocket.

In March, people went home and stayed there for weeks, to keep themselves and their neighbors safe. You didn’t use the time to set us up to defeat the virus. And then you started to reopen anyway, and too quickly.

Right now we are on a path to lose more than 200,000 American lives by November 1st. Yet, in many states people can drink in bars, get a haircut, eat inside a restaurant, get a tattoo, get a massage, and do myriad other normal, pleasant, but non-essential activities.

Get our priorities straight.

More than 117,000 Americans had died of COVID-19 by mid-June. If our response had been as effective as Germany’s, estimates show that we would have had only 36,000 COVID-19 deaths in that period in the United States. If our response had been as effective as South Korea, Australia, or Singapore’s, fewer than 2,000 Americans would have died. We could have prevented 99% of those COVID-19 deaths. But we didn’t.

The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it’s to save as many lives as possible. And reopening before suppressing the virus isn’t going to help the economy. Economists have gone on record saying that the only way to “restore the economy is to address the pandemic itself,” pointing out that until we find a way to boost testing and develop and distribute a vaccine, open or not, people will not be in the mood to participate.

Listen to the experts.

Public health professionals have made clear that even after we’ve contained the virus by staying at home, in order to reopen American cities and towns safely, we will need:

— Enough daily testing capacity to test everyone with flu-like symptoms plus anyone they have been in close contact with over the last 2 weeks (at least 10 additional tests per symptomatic person). We currently have only 35% of the testing capacity we need to meet that threshold. The more people get sick, the more testing is required.

— A workforce of contact tracers large enough to trace all current cases. That’s 210,000 more contact tracers than we had in April, but the number keeps going up as infections rise. Most states are far short of the number of contact tracers they need.

In addition, we need more personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep essential workers like health professionals, emergency responders, and grocery store clerks safe.

Shut it down now, and start over.

Non-essential businesses should be closed. Restaurant service should be limited to take-out. People should stay home, going out only to get food and medicine or to exercise and get fresh air. Masks should be mandatory in all situations, indoors and outdoors, where we interact with others.

We need that protocol in place until case numbers recede to a level at which we have the capacity to effectively test and trace. Then, and only then, we can try a little more opening, one small step at a time.

You should bar non-essential interstate travel. When people travel freely between states, the good numbers in one state can go bad quickly.

If you don’t take these actions, the consequences will be measured in widespread suffering and death.

We need you to lead.

Tell the American people the truth about the virus, even when it’s hard. Take bold action to save lives — even when it means shutting down again.

Unleash the resources needed to contain the virus: massively ramping up testing, building the necessary infrastructure for effective contact tracing, and providing a safety net for those who need it.

Many of the actions of our government thus far have fallen short of what the moment demands. Mr. Trump, federal administration, honorable governors: we remind you that history has its eyes on you.

Sincerely,Matthew Wellington
Public Health Campaigns Director, U.S. PIRG

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Global Initiatives
Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Levy University Professor
Co-Director, Healthcare Transformation Institute
Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Krutika Kuppalli, MD
Infectious Diseases Physician and Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

William Hanage, PhD
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC
University of Arizona

David Sherman, PhD
University of Washington

Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D.
Rutgers University

Angela Rasmussen, PhD
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Seth Trueger, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH
Brown University & GetUsPPE

Sanjat Kanjilal MD, MPH
Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Joan Casey, PhD
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Karen Thickman, PhD
University of Washington, Department of Microbiology

Valerie Bengal, MD, FAAFP former UCSF Associate Clinical Professor
UC Santa Cruz and Capacitar International

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP
National Clinician Scholars Program, Yale School of Medicine

Howard Forman, MD, MBA
Yale University

Ryan Marino, MD
Case Western Reserve University

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Janet Perlman, MD, MPH
UCSF

David Rosen, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine

Drew Schwartz, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine

Krysia Lindan, MD, MS
University of California, San Francisco

Yaneer Bar-Yam, PhD
New England Complex Systems Institute

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
University of California San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology and Medicine

Thomas Lietman, MD
UCSF

Travis Porco, PhD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Veronica Miller, PhD
UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Kenneth Rosenberg, MD, MPH
PHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Jason Newland, MD
Washington University

Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona

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Veterans Administration Hospital

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OHSU-PSU School of Public Health & Gaudino Consulting

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UCSF

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UVM

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PNHP

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Community Catalyst

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George Mason University

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University of Chicago and IMPACT4HC

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UCF School of Medicine

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UC Health

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Temple University

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Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

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University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania

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University of Michigan

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Washington State University

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Indiana University

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Villanova University

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Drexel University College of Medicine

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LECOM

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Independent international Public Health Consultant

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School of Medicine and Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Eve Bloomgarden, MD
Northwestern University and IMPACT4HC

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UMass Memorial Medical Center

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San Bernardino Balley College

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Colorado State University

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University of Pennsylvania

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Thomas Jefferson University

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UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School

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RAND Corporation/UCLA

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Brown University

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UCSF

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Penn State College of Medicine

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Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA

Judith Hahn, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Benjamin Lerman, MD
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

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PNHP

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University of Pennsylvania

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University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Stanford University

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University of California, Irvine

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Temple University

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Temple University

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Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA

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Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

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University of Pennsylvania

David Albright, MD
UPMC

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Catholic Health System of Buffalo and University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine

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Karen Walter
University of Washington

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, Temple University

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Carlow University College of Health and Wellness

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American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

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Bucks County Community College

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Bucks County Community College

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Statistical Research & Consulting LLC

Simin Li
NIST, EndCoronavirus.org, University of Maryland

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Research-Aid Networks

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Catalina In Home Services

Kari-Ann Hunter Thompson, PhD Student
Walden University

Aaron Green, PhD
Iridium Consulting

Kate Sugarman, MD
Unity Health Care

Joaquín Beltrán BA
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Susan Safford, Ph.D.
Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Temple University

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Temple University

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MSD Consulting

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Baker & Baker Associates

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School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

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NorthShore University Health System

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Wright State University

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Retired, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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University of Maryland School of Public Health

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United States Marine Corps

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College Community Schools, Retired

Kristine Siefert, PhD, MPH
The University of Michigan

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Professor, University of California San Francisco

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University of CT , Western NMU (retired )

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Sonoma State University

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University of Colorado Anschutz SOM

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University of Virginia

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Harvard Medical School/Kaiser Permanente

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Montefiore Medical Center

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VEP Healthcare

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University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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Blue Ridge Family Practice

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Eastern Washington University

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Blue Ridge Family Practice

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Indiana University School of Medicine

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Pediatrician

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UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Biology

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University of Washington

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

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