What a Doctor and Congressman Has to Say About COVID-19

Besides being a congressman, Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., is an emergency room physician and Amy special operations veteran. He joins me today on The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss his perspective on the coronavirus pandemic, what the Senate’s relief package gets right and wrong, and why the U.S. shouldn’t be dependent on China for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Read the lightly edited transcript, pasted below, or listen on the podcast:

Rachel del Guidice: I’m joined today on The Daily Signal Podcast by Congressman Mark Green of Tennessee. Congressman, it’s great to have you back on The Daily Signal Podcast.

Rep. Mark Green: Hey, thanks for having me.

Del Guidice: Given your background in medicine as an emergency room physician, and what’s on the minds and hearts of all Americans right now is the whole coronavirus pandemic, what is your perspective overall on everything that’s going on?

Green: You know, I think, if you’re asking for sort of my overall perspective, I think there are three simultaneous battles being fought.
Of course, there’s the battle against the virus, and inside that world it’s all about getting testing and appropriate equipment out to the troops in the field, so to speak, to doctors and nurses that are out there on the front lines, getting them the PPE [personal protective equipment] and all of that. There’s, of course, the ventilator and the hospital bed issue. That’s all sort of one battle being fought.
The second battle is to preserve the economy in all of this unbelievable turmoil.

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