Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (COVID-19): CRS Experts

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. Illnesses have since been linked to a new strain of coronavirus, designated Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. The disease has spread to many other countries, including the United States. The situation is rapidly changing, and both WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) post frequent updates. CRS products on the outbreak are available on the “COVID-19” Hot Topic at https://www.crs.gov/.

Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (COVID-19): CRS Experts

Updated March 16, 2020 (R46209)

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. Illnesses have since been linked to a new strain of coronavirus, designated Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. The disease has spread to many other countries, including the United States. The situation is rapidly changing, and both WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) post frequent updates.1 CRS products on the outbreak are available on the "COVID-19" Hot Topic at https://www.crs.gov/.

The following table lists names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns involving the COVID-19 outbreak. Policy areas identified include

  • public health, virology, and epidemiology;
  • international response activities;
  • domestic response activities; and
  • legal issues.

Legislative Issue

Name/Title

Phone

Email

Public Health—General

 

Sarah A. Lister
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Kavya Sekar
Analyst in Health Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Public Health—Disease and Epidemiology

 

Laurie A. Harris
Analyst in Science and Technology Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Sarah A. Lister
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

International Response Activities

General, outbreak response

Sara M. Tharakan
Analyst in Global Health and International Development

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

General, World Health Organization (WHO), international authorities

Tiaji Salaam-Blyther
Specialist in Global Health

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

State Department

Cory R. Gill
Analyst in Foreign Affairs

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

China: Economics and trade

Karen M. Sutter
Specialist in Asian Trade and Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

International economic effects

Andres B. Schwarzenberg
Analyst in International Trade and Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Multilateral Economic Institutions: World Bank, International Monetary Fund

Martin A. Weiss
Specialist in International Trade and Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Legal and illegal wildlife trade and zoonotic diseases

Pervaze A. Sheikh
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Katarina C. O'Regan
Analyst in Foreign Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Domestic Response Activities

Health: Public health, Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), funding

Sarah A. Lister
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Kavya Sekar
Analyst in Health Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Laurie A. Harris
Analyst in Science and Technology Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medical countermeasures (tests, vaccines, treatments, patent issues)

Agata Dabrowska
Analyst in Health Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Amanda K. Sarata
Specialist in Health Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Frank Gottron
Specialist in Science and Technology Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Kavya Sekar
Analyst in Health Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Laurie A. Harris
Analyst in Science and Technology Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Biodefense

Frank Gottron
Specialist in Science and Technology Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Private health insurance, essential health benefits

Vanessa C. Forsberg
Analyst in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Private health insurance, surprise medical billing

Ryan J. Rosso
Analyst in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Noah D. Isserman
Analyst in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Nursing home and home health agency oversight

Phoenix Voorhies
Analyst in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Benefits

Evelyne P. Baumrucker
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medicaid and CHIP Financing

Alison Mitchell
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Telehealth Medicare

Jim Hahn
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Telehealth Medicaid

Alison Mitchell
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medicare Physician Issues

Jim Hahn
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medicare Hospital Payments

Marco A. Villagrana
Analyst in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Medicare Advantage

Paulette C. Morgan
Specialist in Health Care Financing

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Food: child nutrition programs during school closures, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Kara Clifford Billings
Analyst in Social Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Food: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Randy Alison Aussenberg
Specialist in Nutrition Assistance Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Paid and Unpaid Leave

Sarah A. Donovan
Specialist in Labor Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

School and University Closures and Online Operations

Rebecca R. Skinner
Specialist in Education Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Alexandra Hegji
Analyst in Social Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Cassandria Dortch
Specialist in Education Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Immigration: Border screening, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Audrey Singer
Specialist in Immigration Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Transportation: Aviation

Rachel Y. Tang
Analyst in Transportation and Industry

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Bart Elias
Specialist in Aviation Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Broadband and Digital Divide

Colby Leigh Rachfal
Analyst in Telecommunications Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Temporary Assistance: Short-term loans for repatriated U.S. citizens

Karen E. Lynch
Specialist in Social Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Economics: Economic effects

Marc Labonte
Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Economics: Tax and spending options

Mark P. Keightley
Specialist in Economics

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Don Marples
Specialist in Public Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Molly F. Sherlock
Specialist in Public Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Economics: Small Business Administration (SBA)

Bruce R. Lindsay
Analyst in American National Government

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Tax Credits, Paid Sick Leave, and Paid Family and Medical Leave

Molly F. Sherlock
Specialist in Public Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Election Administration and Voting

R. Sam Garrett
Specialist in American National Government

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Emergency Management: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Bruce R. Lindsay
Analyst in American National Government

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Erica A. Lee
Analyst in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Elizabeth M. Webster
Analyst in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Employment, Labor: Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Katelin P. Isaacs
Specialist in Income Security

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Julie M. Whittaker
Specialist in Income Security

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Employment, Labor: Occupational safety and health, workers' compensation

Scott D. Szymendera
Analyst in Disability Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Employment, Labor:
State Temporary Disability Insurance

Will Morton
Analyst in Disability Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Legal Issues

Isolation and Quarantine

Edward C. Liu
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Health: Vaccines, Treatments, Patent Issues

Kevin J. Hickey
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Immigration: Border Screening, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Ben Harrington
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Author Contact Information

Matthew B. Barry, Section Research Manager ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])

Footnotes

1.

WHO, "Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports," https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports; and CDC, "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary," https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.