The president says the US is at war with the coronavirus, and the US military is being mobilized to help combat it at home.
“We are at war with an invisible enemy,” Trump tweeted Wednesday, adding that the coronavirus “is no match for the spirit and resolve of the American people.”
The Department of Defense is focused on protecting military and civilian personnel and their families. As of Wednesday, 49 service members, 14 civilian employees, 19 dependents, and seven contractors had tested positive for COVID-19.
But the Pentagon is also taking steps to support the Trump administration’s whole-of-government response to the coronavirus, a highly-contagious virus that has spread to more than 8,000 people and killed 129 people in the US.
Here’s how the US military has been and is continuing to help at home.