TPTB have not exactly covered themselves in glory in the lead up to and in the early stages of this pandemic. Here are some questions they should be asking their minions.
How do we get an additional hundred million masks in the next 30 days?
As I understand it, most masks come from China, and China is not cooperating. OK, what's Plan B? For example, there are a bunch of people in this country that know how to sew. If 1% of the population can do this and each person can sew 50 masks, you're just about to 100M masks. What kind of fabric is best? How do you get patterns and material to those who are willing to do this? We have people who could figure this out.
How do we get mask factories on-line in 90 days?
A new toilet paper factory near my home town came online last month, which is great timing for them. But they started work last summer (or even before). What regulations and permits can be waived to cut this time in half, and then in half again? Someone can figure this out, just by asking the owner of the damned factory. He sure as heck knows what slowed him down.
TheFed.Gov is working on getting more ventilators. It takes a nurse to run these, and nursing school takes years. How can we train "Emergency Ventilator Technicians" to step into the gap?
We train soldiers in 6 weeks of Basic Training, there has to be something we can do here. Yes, these would be one-trick ponies, but we're told that this is a crisis where the health care system may collapse. If we're going to spend a couple trillion bucks on this, it seems that we can have a crash course in how to run one of these things. And we can change the regs to allow these people to be utilized.
There are certain to be clever ideas developed by health care people in the front lines? How do we collect and disseminate these?
We live in a world of Wikis and crowd sourcing. The CDC and FDA would have a lot stronger position saying "Well, how do you know these aren't boneheaded ideas?" if they hadn't screwed the pooch on this problem over and over. For crying out loud, Dr. Fauci is still badmouthing the use of quinine tablets "because they haven't been through trials". Shut up, get out of the way, and get Best Practice distributed to the masses.
There are certainly more of this sort of thing. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments.