Communities must be prepared for special pathogen threats
The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented global crisis, taking millions of lives worldwide, overrunning the world’s health care systems, and upending the economy. The pandemic exposed gaps and injustices in our health care and public health arenas that cannot be ignored. The nation needs a system that prevents information siloes, shares resources, and invests in enhanced clinical care capabilities.
The National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS), including the system’s Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Centers (RESPTCs), was established to shape the future of special pathogen preparedness.