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‘This is not sustainable’: Public health departments, decimated by funding cuts, scramble against coronavirus

As state and local public health offices scramble to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, they do so against a backdrop of yearslong budget cuts, leaving them without the trained employees or updated equipment to adequately address the virus’ growing threat, former public health officials say. In the past 15 years, public health, the country’s front-line defense in epidemics, lost…

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