I am not sure about the amount of funding but am certain that there needs to be a nationally coordinated plan of action, that standards are established for contact tracing, that standards for how tests are run and reported be established, that a central repository of infection monitoring be established (that starts well before ER admissions) along with standards for reporting, that standard criteria for contact tracers along with require training be established and that common testing equipment, supplies be purchased and distributed to the states. It is truly both amazing and disgusting to me that none of this has been seriously started to date. … … … The idea that our monarchy cannot be bothered with such trivia and that state and local governments should just muddle their own way through this has resulted in our world leading mortality rates. Instead of national guidance on what needs to be done, when and how, our governors are forced to devise their own strategies as well as their own implementations. They could not be expected to consider all of the possibilities while in the midst of a crisis - and mistakes have been and are being made by even the most responsible governors because they are required to react to this crisis as well as develop their own strategies in real time- because our national lead ship has deigned themselves too important to take the time to think or plan ahead. … … … The argument that we should wait and see before taking proactive action is the underlying reason for our horrendous Covid-19 mortality counts - and is just plain stupid. I am not sure that this level of funding is needed for this but something needs to be started now; I do not feel that just throwing money at a problem without a clear strategy is the best approach. … … … As of 1:00 PM EDT today (May 24th) the US mortalities have reached 98,900 (this is the Johns Hopkins data adjusted by adding uncounted data for the VA, military, federal prisoners, the Navajo nation, as well as US territories and protectorates - and, yes, all of these are part of the US). It is also worth noting on this particular weekend that the V.A. has already reported over 1,100 Covid-19 veteran deaths. … … … The Apple/Google contract tracing API provides a valuable tracing tool that assures user anonymity while providing health departments valuable tracking data. Users can volunteer to share their data if they wish, there is no lasting or personal data kept on their devices or in central databases unless that information is voluntarily released.