Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 445 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: A former federal health official filed a whistleblower complaint today alleging that the Department of Health and Human Services failed to take early action to mitigate the coronavirus threat. Read the complaint.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
First it was testing and PPE, then ventilators: The next big coronavirus hurdle for the U.S. is contact tracing.
Why it matters: This is a must-have for reopening while limiting the death toll.
The big picture: Contact tracing is a simple concept. Most countries use a combination of cellphone apps and human contact tracers to track down everyone who came into contact with an infected patient.
Humans are slow and do the process manually, much like a journalist reporting out a story.
Between the lines: The U.S. has made big strides on testing, but we still don't have the scale needed to pull this off.
The bottom line: Contact tracing won't realistically slow the current out-of-control outbreaks in the U.S, but if we get the people, tech and funding fixed fast, it could help alleviate some of the pain from wave two.
Above: President Trump talks with members of the traveling press before departing Andrews Air Force Base en route to Honeywell's mask-making operation in Phoenix, Arizona.
Below: A TV cameraman walks through the spectators' seats, which are covered with pictures of fans, before the start of a regular-season baseball game in Incheon, South Korea, where the season starts today (without live fans).
The American Kennel Club's top 10 dog breeds list is a good excuse to put some pup pics in Axios PM: