WILIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — If Joe Biden wins next week's election, he says he'll immediately call Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert. He'll work with governors and local officials to institute a nationwide mask-wearing mandate and instruct Congress to pass a sweeping spending bill by the end of January to address the coronavirus and its fallout.

That alone would mark a significant shift from President Donald Trump, who has feuded with scientists, struggled to broker a new stimulus deal and reacted to the recent surge in U.S. virus cases by insisting the country is “rounding the turn.”

But Biden would still face significant political challenges in combating the worst public health crisis in a century. He will encounter the limits of federal powers when it comes to mask requirements and is sure to face resistance from Republicans who may buck additional spending.

“There are no magic wands,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice at Johns Hopkins University and former Maryland state health department chief who recently briefed Biden on reopening schools during the pandemic. "It’s not like there’s an election, and then the virus beats a hasty retreat.”

Biden's handling of the coronavirus is taking on new urgency as cases spike around the country. Average deaths per day nationwide are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34.

Meanwhile, a fresh outbreak of cases at the White House among Vice President Mike Pence's staff has revived concerns about the impact of the virus on the government.

The early days of a Biden administration would be consumed by a pandemic response.

“I’m here to tell you we can and will get control of this virus,” Biden said Tuesday during a campaign stop in Georgia. “As president, I will never wave the white flag of surrender.”

A $3 trillion spending package that cleared the Democratic-controlled House has stalled in the Senate, where Republicans currently hold the majority. Biden has called the Senate GOP “so damn stupid” for not passing that measure, but has failed to propose a single comprehensive package of his own.

Instead, he has said Congress should approve $30 billion to help schools reopen and has proposed a $700 billion economic plan. But that plan isn't solely focused on the coronavirus and includes provisions to boost industries like manufacturing to create jobs and help revive the economy when the pandemic begins to subside.

Biden also wants to declare reopening schools a “national emergency” and access potentially billions more dollars in Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster response aid. He’d seek a national system for tracing the exposure path for those diagnosed with the virus — part of a larger public health corps that Biden suggests might function like the civilian-led conservation corps that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created during the New Deal.

And he's vowed to increase testing capacity in every state until the U.S. is screening daily the 7.5 million people it currently tests per week, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

On other fronts, Biden's plans seem to be contingent on winning over allies and rivals alike, which may be challenging in the aftermath of a bitter election. He has called for a rule requiring masks in public for everyone, something the federal government doesn’t actually have the power to implement. Instead, Biden says he’ll impose such a mandate for all federal buildings and on federally funded, interstate transit.

Some Republican governors, including in states like North Dakota where virus cases are on the rise, refuse to implement mask requirements. Biden says he'll lobby them nonetheless, and, if they refuse, he said Friday that he'll go around them by contacting “mayors and county executives to get local masking requirements in place nationwide.”

Biden has offered a more cohesive plan for other major challenges facing the U.S. He's proposed, for instance, spending $2 trillion to combat climate change by boosting investment in clean energy and stopping all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050.

Such an approach may be hard to replicate, though, against a pandemic that is rapidly changing.

In devising its pandemic-fighting plans, Biden’s campaign consulted with experts including Vivek Murthy, who served as surgeon general under President Barack Obama, and David Kessler, former head of the Food and Drug Administration, along with members of Congress, governors, mayors and other local officials — some of them Republican.

But Biden hasn’t said whether he’d endorse large-scale shutdowns of the nation’s economy, if things get drastically worse, like much of the country did in March. His team hasn’t offered details on its timeline for bringing the virus under control or on what success would look like, but has vowed to combat the pandemic in a way the Trump administration has failed to do.

“I think we have to make it work,” said Stef Feldman, the Biden campaign’s policy director, who noted that the former vice president has conceded that the task “isn't going to be easy or happen overnight.”

“But it is something that he feels confident that the administration, with leadership that is not waving a white flag like President Trump, can, in partnership with the American people, take control of this virus and get our lives back,” Feldman said.

At the start of the pandemic, Biden and other Democrats criticized Trump for not more quickly moving to use the Defense Production Act to step up national production of ventilators and other medical and protective equipment. While the Trump administration later employed the measure in some cases, Biden promises as president to use it more frequently, including to encourage banks to extend loans to small businesses hurt by the virus.

The Biden campaign also stresses that he will make a point of empowering career public health experts and “listening to the science.” Kavita Patel, a physician and health policy expert who worked in Obama’s White House, said that will be instrumental in making the governmental response to the pandemic more effective.

“Do not discount what it means for the morale to put credible and collaborative leadership at these agencies,” she said.

Patel added that, even if Congress can't approve emergency relief by the end of January — just 11 days after Biden would be inaugurated — the new president could still use the Office of Management and Budget to free up funds immediately, while taking unilateral steps like tapping federal stockpiles for urgently needed supplies.

“I am optimistic that he could do some things that would put a dent in this,” she said, noting that efforts “being done piecemeal and patchwork in different parts of the country, you could just see Biden actually federalizing completely.”

None of that will mean stopping the virus cold, though.

“Even strategy and a great set of ideas,” Patel said, "can’t take it from, say, 100,000 cases a day down to 10,000 immediately.”

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jerseygrl42

Wow , look at that crowd that came out to hear what his "handlers" told him to say

NewMarketParent

@jerseygrl42

Wow, look at who showed up to say what "Faux News" told her to say...

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@doitforahobby

Did someone force you to post this? Maybe it’s a good thing you aren’t going to vote if you are getting your election info from the FNP forums? Are you what we call a low information voter?

Thewheelone

Yes Jersey and google "are covid cases linked to Trump rallies?" and see what you find out especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Laura Trump

Have you and Eric been putting your heads together to come up with these Zingers?

Did you scroll down to see what your dear hubby posted today about what Daddy said about drinking Bleach? Well if haven't scrolled down you should and then you will see that maybe you two should back away from posting anything more in public today. It appears your brains need a rest.

LeonardKeepers

let us all hope and pray that Biden does not get elected,he does not have a plan and he has no idea what he is saying.i have never seen a person as clueless as he is,this country will be in a sad state of affairs should bidden gets elected.

shiftless88

Hey Leonard; can you please explain Trump's plan? It seems to change all the time and generally is inconsistent depending on whom you ask in the government (the WH web site provides guidance that the president has not followed, for example). Thank you.

NewMarketParent

@shiftless88

We all know that 45's plan is scorched earth at this point. That is pretty much the conservative plan whenever they know they are going to lose. Watch the deficit hawks come home to roost in about 10 days.

jerseygrl42

You have 4 years of Experienced by now you should know what he has done and will continue to do when re-elected...or haven't you been watching

NewMarketParent

@jerseygrl42

Most people know which is why he is on his way to being in the dustbin of history.

public-redux

I encourage you to pray more than you have so far.

threecents

Len, If you don't think Biden has plans, just go to his website and check out the links he has to about 45 of his plans on different topics. I was there looking for the Bernie-Biden Manifesto that Bosco keeps saying is there, but I didn't see it.

bosco

threecents.......all 110 pages. Please read it all. You may want to download it too in case in disappears like Hillary's emails.

https://joebiden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/UNITY-TASK-FORCE-RECOMMENDATIONS.pdf

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TomWheatley

Love the photo op with the white circles around the chairs just in case one can't figure out how far 6 feet is.

C.D.Reid

They're Biden supporters, don't give them any credit for knowing what a distance of 6' looks like.

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

And conservatives have been duping women since puberty that 2" is 6". Y'all probably all think those are 18' circles.

DickD

If the Democrats take the Senate and Biden wins their will not be a political issue. The issue will be with the courts as to whether you mandate masks and fine those who don't weone.

gabrielshorn2013

Dick, this is a 10th amendment issue. What gives the Federal government the legal authority to do so? The Feds can only issue guidelines, as they have all along. The individual States do have that authority. As far as I can recall, the only State to actually enforce their legal authority with fines was Maryland (the knucklehead in Charles Co.). However there may be others that I am unaware of. Do you recall the stink that Andrew Cuomo made, threatening any state that forbade new Yorkers from traveling to their states with a lawsuit? hose other states were within their rights to do so.

So far Maryland stands out among states in terms of the best responses to the Coronavirus.

“It’s because of clear strong leadership, and the people of Maryland have largely been following the guidelines, with the exception of the big crowds without masks that we saw Memorial Day in Ocean City and some other instances.” - said Dr. Eric Toner, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a pandemic preparedness expert.

The White House science office listed "ending the COVID-19 pandemic" as the top accomplishment of President Trump's first term. 🤦‍♂️ 975 people died yesterday, 73,000 more positive cases and now over 226,000 deaths.

Leadership does make a difference.

gabrielshorn2013

That wasn't the question aw. Dick said that the Feds can mandate wearing masks, and I asked by what legal authority. Do you know how the Feds can legally enforce compliance that is Constitutional? The guidelines have been out there since March, but States are free to accept them or ignore them because of the 10th Amendment. State governor's do have the authority to mandate such compliance, but very few do.

bosco

gabriel, don't you find it humorous that the left thinks Trump can control what each state does with regards to response to the virus, but not elections?

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zum50

Don't worry, Biden has a plan. He's had a plan since March, just hasn't shared it. Waiting to become President and then will save everyone. Can't imagine having a plan and not offering any solutions while the virus spreads, just waiting for January and inaguration--a year after the virus started--to solve the problem.

C.D.Reid

And, when he loses the election, he won't share his plan and hundreds of thousands more Americans will die. And it'll be Trump's fault. [lol]

DickD

You are hallucinating, CD. Take medications.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Butch

Trump had a plan he threw away and a pandemic response team he disbanded all because they were Obama's...so and that is totally Trump's fault, Trump had everything he needed to combat this pandemic Butch and yet here we are.

What would be the point of Biden sharing his plan anyway?

How can you be this stunningly stupid all the time?

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NewMarketParent

@CDeez

As with dear leader, you can't stand to have a strong, woman dunk on you, huh? It must really hurt to be that insecure.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@Butch

Well you kinda are asking for my opinion since you are posting on a public(everyone can see) forum. You do realize THAT EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS right? Me dunking on you........lol Maybe if you don't want my opinion don't post on a public forum? Just sayin. ...otherwise you are always going to get my "opinion" whether you like it or not.

Greg F

Like the health care plan of trump? Trump isn’t in the lead role like Trump is and as Trump has failed miserably for it. Show me any of his plans....one...and one that isn’t written in crayon or smacks of racism, money giveaways to rich or is at a 3rd grade level. Loser.

bnick467

I think you're forgetting one important point... JOE BIDEN IS *NOT* THE PRESIDENT! If you've been paying attention, he HAS offered solutions. He said he would reinstate and follow the guidelines of the CDCs Pandemic Response Team that was created during the George W. Bush Administration and put together over the following 10 years. You know, the group of experts that Trump fired in 2018 because we didn't have a pandemic at the time, but promised to bring them back if we needed them? Well, he still hasn't brought them back. While Trump is telling the American people that the virus will just disappear, or that we should inject bleach, or that it's "no worse than the flu", Biden would put a team of experts on it. That is the solution he has offered. What plan has Trump offered? Ignoring the experts and using the pandemic to make himself, his family, and his friends richer?

bosco

bnick467 sez....."While Trump is telling the American people... that we should inject bleach"

Would you kindly provide the proof that 45 ever recommended that people inject bleach? Not the lie that Biden keeps repeating, but the quote from Trump.

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Dwasserba

It was disinfectant, potato-potahto https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52407177

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Eric Trump

I saw your daddy on TV turn to Deborah Birx and say this stuff so. I can't believe you don't know how to Google stuff before you post your nonsensical ramblings, but I did it for you, you can thank me later.

Drink Bleach Inject Bleach what's the difference Eric? Daddy said and there was something about light also..

https://vimeo.com/411661318

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QdTOyXz3w

Eric really don't you get tired of proving everyday you're the dumb one of the family?

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickle

Their new take is to act like they are coasting to victory so that they can try to incite a civil war when they lose bigly.

Trump suggested 'injection’ of disinfectant to beat coronavirus and 'to clean’' the lungs.😳

DickD

A plan to Trump who has stated that the virus was going to disappear

Surely you jest.

bosco

Interesting point, zum50, I wonder if the LLBTT will chime in with some rationalizations about Biden's secret plan? [ninja]

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Still waiting for it to magically disappear. Them bleach treatments working out for you? How about the UV light ingestion?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

You know who Eric and Butch remind me of? Pinky and the Brain, but for the life of me I can't figure out who the Brain is, can you?

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

I can't even give them that much credit. Brain followed the science. He took some incredible leaps of logic, but these 2 have Evel Knievel'd those logic leaps.

I think of them as the minions except with Faux News as Gru. Or maybe Gru is the actual Russian GRU.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

You're correct I am giving Butch and Eric WAY to much credit to be thinking of them as Pinky and the Brain. I think even thinking of them as minions gives them too much credit also, how about Ren and Stimpy?

Ren Höek, an emotionally unstable and sociopathic Chihuahua; and Stimpy, a good-natured yet dimwitted cat.

Dwasserba

Having a plan doesn't put you in charge. My plan is in full effect....here

NewMarketParent

@zum50

Still waiting for it to disappear since like Easter.

shiftless88

Gee, zum, calling out Biden for not disclosing plans seems pretty disingenuous if you are a Trump supporter. He had plans to defeat ISIS that he did not share, he has had plans for the greatest health care ever that he has yet to share after almost four years in office, and so on.

NewMarketParent

@shiftless88

I am still worrying about my windmill cancer and how to defeat hurricanes with nukes.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Hate to tell you this but Windmill cancer is a preexisting condition so it won’t be covered but you won’t care because you’ll be killed by that hurricane nuke thingy.

TomWheatley

Sounds like the ACA: Have to elect him to find out what's in it.

threecents

Part of Biden's bill will hopefully be some support for testing with the quick "lateral flow" test to replace the standard RT-PCR test that takes several days to get a result. It is rather pathetic that most places are still using the RT-PCR method, which I believe is not only slower but more expensive.

NewMarketParent

@threecents

Because we all know that it is the testing that causes the cases and not the actual virus. /s

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