To the Editor:
In the midst of reopening procedures in Connecticut and the U.S., I would like you all to take the time to think about how our perspective of global health has changed, and how it should continue to change.
Before COVID-19, many people in our community did not worry about infectious disease outbreaks. However, in some places in the world, diseases are a constant threat. Tuberculosis, for instance, is the world’s most lethal disease, and is one that not many of us think about on a daily basis, or at all.
The Global Health Security Act, sponsored by our own U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, works to invest in global responses so as to prevent future outbreaks such as our current one. As we have seen in the past few months, diseases do not respect borders, and thus the threat of disease on any country is a threat on our own.
Because of this, I urge you all to reach out to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes as well as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in support of the Global Health Security Act.