Use the Defense Production Act to mass produce Covid-19 tests & masks for first responders

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Your community relies on us - the police, EMTs, nurses, and doctors - to be able to respond to the threat posed by the Covid-19 global pandemic. And we can't do that if we can't keep ourselves safe and healthy from this virus.

The people on the front lines are already running short of personal protective equipment, and we've barely begun to see the first wave of cases. We have no rapid tests to determine who is infected and who is not - the number one weapon in a pandemic. (As of this writing, test results in some places are taking 3-4 days to return results. That's far too long. We get influenza test results within a few hours.)

Many of us are being asked to reuse personal protective equipment (PPE), which endangers us and endangers you - our patients. Some of us are being told to perform dangerous job duties like collecting nasal swabs from infected patients without full PPE because there isn't enough available. This problem is not isolated; this is happening nationwide! It's happening right now in your own community.

President Trump, please use the Defense Production Act to immediately begin mass production of personal protective equipment - masks, goggles, gowns, gloves, respirators - and the production of a RAPID (<24hrs) test for Covid-19.

The citizens of the United States support this action being taken in support of our valued first responders and health care providers. Be a hero to our heroes, Mr. President.