We have all become acutely aware in the past few weeks why masks and face shields, respirators and ventilators are so important for hospital workers and their patients. The supply is not keeping up with the need, and that could have dire consequences for the doctors, nurses and patients. Likewise, the coronavirus crisis has underscored the importance of another valuable commodity – access to accurate, authoritative information. As with ventilators and protective gear for hospital workers, the flow of facts is not occurring as smoothly as it should during this public health emergency. Randy Evans
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.