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US Businesses Step Up in Time of Uncertainty

US Businesses Step Up in Time of Uncertainty
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By Wednesday, 15 April 2020 06:47 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In a time of uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, major American companies and entrepreneurs are leading the fight to innovate and prepare America for the fallout of this current coronavirus pandemic.

The private sector is filling in the gaps that the government is simply unable to respond to, and they are doing it with a sense of urgency and commitment to the country.

The private sector’s response to the pandemic truly demonstrates the unique and exceptional capabilities of the United States’ private sector and the skill of the US workforce.

Government officials announced a serious shortage of ventilators, which has caused healthcare professionals to ration out ventilators to the most in need. Hospitals and private citizens have also faced a major shortage of personal protective equipment and masks, while hand sanitizer and disinfection wipes have largely sold out across the country.

Americans have been told by experts that social distancing and quarantines will continue until they can come up with a vaccine, which could take a year or more to develop.

China has largely limited supplying the United States with vital protective equipment and medical supplies that we normally buy from them, which has forced Americans to come up with new solutions at home to combat this virus.

As President Kennedy famously stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

With so many Americans looking to their country to save them, millions of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and the American workforce have stepped up to fill the void that the government simply isn’t able to fill.

Many business leaders in the private industry patriotically stepped up with innovative solutions to this crisis. Elon Musk, James Dyson and Richard Branson have offered to make thousands of ventilators to save the lives of critical care patients.

Mike Lindell, who is famously known for starring in “The Pillow Guy” commercials, converted his factory in the U.S. to produce masks for health care professionals, while several other clothing companies like Brooks Brothers started making protective equipment to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots, chartered his private plane to pick up over a million protective masks from China, and even millennial billionaire Kylie Jenner’s company started making hand sanitizer instead of makeup products. A company out of Irvine, California, Advanced Sterilization Products, is working to clean vital face masks for healthcare workers, and just this week, Rutgers University has developed a new way to test for coronavirus that will potentially let people test themselves safely at home.

In taking these steps, American entrepreneurs are doing what the private sector does best, to innovate quickly and respond to major challenges facing our nation. The same mobilization we saw in World War II is going on, perhaps on a lesser scale, but still is very helpful to fighting this disease and the consequences that lie ahead.

Private companies joining our national fight against coronavirus will strengthen our ability to flatten the curve, keep more private citizens and healthcare workers healthy and strong, and ultimately can stop the quarantine mandate from causing further unemployment and devastating our economy in ways we have never seen before.

The power of American patriots and the private sector are solving the problems ahead of us and helping to prepare us as much as possible for the next inevitable pandemic. The American private sector and American workforce are exceptional, and we should applaud them for preventing a tragic situation from getting any worse.

Meghan McNulty is an attorney, political commentator, and biomedical engineer based out of Southern California. She is a frequent commentator on national television and radio programs across the country.

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