The unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak has every nation in the world scrambling to address the current threat and reconsidering its future priorities. Many aspects of the US government’s response to COVID-19 merit scrutiny. There will be a thorough review of policies and procedures that might have slowed the spread of the virus. While the focus currently is and should be on stopping the spread of the disease and caring for those who have contracted it, it’s not too soon to wonder how this crisis will shape a collective understanding about present and future threats and how to address them effectively.