It has been gratifying as a physician to feel the outpouring of support both public and private as we prepare for the pandemic. COVID-19 has changed health care delivery more in the past month than it has changed in decades, and new changes happen daily. As I write the pandemic is just starting, and we in healthcare are struggling not with overwhelming clinical work but with simply making payroll as routine care has slowed dramatically while costs continue to mount.

The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus bill will keep the wolf from the door for millions of people who can’t work and businesses forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic—at least for a while. Congress rightly recognized its first priority is to see that people with no money coming in have enough to live on.