Coronavirus COVID-19

Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Chief of Detectives with more than 33 years of experience managing NYPD patrol, investigative, counterterrorism and other public safety activities. During the October 2001 anthrax terrorist attack, he was placed in-command of the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) by Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. On October 19, 2001, the NY Post newspaper published an article stating that Police Commissioner Kerik had selected Phil Pulaski “as the department’s bio-terrorism czar”. Together with his FBI counterpart, SAC Gregory Jones, Phil Pulaski and the JTTF team conducted a “joint epidemiologic/law enforcement investigation” in collaboration with the US Public Health Service, US Centers for Disease Control and the NYC Department of Health.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that was first identified in December 2019. The World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19 on January 30, 2020, and later declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 161 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and more than 3.35 million people have died from the virus. The COVID-19 virus pandemic is one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

People infected with the COVID-19 virus experience a wide range of symptoms. Some infected people are asymptomatic and do not even know they have been infected. Others have very severe symptoms and ultimately die from the virus. Transmission of the virus is believed to occur when people are exposed to respiratory droplets or small airborne particles exhaled by an infected person. The virus particles may be inhaled or may reach the mouth, nose, or eyes of a person through touching with contaminated hands. Studies show that people remain contagious for up to 20 days, and can spread the virus even if they do not develop any symptoms.

The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. Additionally, it has led to significant shortages of essential goods and supplies. In particular food shortages have resulted from agricultural disruption and panic buying. The pandemic also has raised issues regarding the balance between public health mandates and individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.