Written by George Citroner on March 16, 2020 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak
When Washington state authorities sent an urgent request for 233,000 respirators and 200,000 surgical masks to be released from the federal stockpile, they received less than half the amount they requested.
According to the , the United States has roughly three hospital beds for every 1,000 people.
Typically, about of them are occupied, leaving approximately 300,000 beds available nationwide.
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体育投注网址On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, the disease that results from the novel coronavirus, a worldwide pandemic.
In just a few short days, major changes have come to countries across the world.
Is the U.S. health system ready to handle possibly millions of patients, many of which may require lifesaving assistance?
How important is it to use social distancing to reduce the risk of infection?
体育投注网址Here’s what we know.
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体育投注网址It’s the nation’s largest supply of potentially lifesaving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use during a health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
However, there are indications that even this isn’t enough to handle the nationwide demand for supplies if this virus can’t be contained.
that all people wear cloth face masks in public places where it’s difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. This will help slow the spread of the virus from people without symptoms or people who do not know they have contracted the virus. Cloth face masks should be worn while continuing to practice physical distancing. Instructions for making masks at home can be found . Note: It’s critical to reserve surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers.
When Washington state authorities sent an urgent request for 233,000 respirators and 200,000 surgical masks to be released from the stockpile, they were told they’d receive less than half the amount they requested.
They received only 93,600 N95 respirators and 100,200 surgical masks, according to .
“They did not tell us the reason for why they were fulfilling half the request,” Washington state’s liaison to the federal government, Casey Katims, told the Post.
“A face mask shortage is problematic for healthcare workers who might be close to those who are infected, and to those individuals who are already sick. They are the people who most need masks during this coronavirus outbreak,” , chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the United States, told Healthline.
体育投注网址As global supply chains are disrupted due to spread of the virus and the number of cases climbs, health authorities are hunting for medical supplies and have called on employees to ration, according to .
Seidman emphasizes that because of that shortage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has temporarily recommendations.
Those recommendations now say different types of masks that are looser can be used for those individuals who have a novel coronavirus infection, at least until they can get more of the N95 respirators.
, the United States has roughly three hospital beds for every 1,000 people. Typically, about of them are occupied, leaving approximately 300,000 beds available nationwide.
The U.S. population also has high rates of 体育投注网址, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are associated with more severe cases of COVID-19.
“Conditions that raise the risk can include lung disease, cancer, heart disease, stroke, renal disease, liver disease, diabetes, and immunocompromising conditions,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar in a .
Current place the total U.S. population at 329 million people.
体育投注网址Considering the available beds and protective gear, there may be potentially catastrophic shortages of healthcare resources as we confront this crisis.
A found that a CDC estimate of COVID-19 cases could mean 2.4 to 21 million Americans may need to be hospitalized due to the virus.
, double board certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.
体育投注网址Gaither also advises that pregnant women should consider themselves in the “immunocompromised group” and be especially cautious because they have physiologic changes that lower their immunity and may increase their risk for infection.
She points out from China that show the virus may have adverse effects on newborns, causing a likelihood of preterm delivery, fetal distress, respiratory distress, low platelet count, and abnormal liver function tests.
However, it’s currently unclear whether the novel coronavirus can actually cross through the placenta to infect a fetus, according to a from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).