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THE SITUATION IN THE US RIGHT NOW

ByJuma Chai

Mar 27, 2020
  • Apex of hospital need could be in 21 days from now in New York
  • All hospitals need to increase capacity by 50%, some by 100%
  • Need a total of 140,000 hospital beds. Currently have 53,000 (an additional 87,000 hospital beds are needed)
  • Need a total of 40,000 ICU beds. Currently have 3,000, with 3,000 ventilators. An additional 37,000 ICU beds are needed
  • Will use college dormitorieshotels, nursing homes, and all possible space by converting it to hospitals if needed in April
  • 138,376 people have been tested
  • Schools will stay closed for an additional 2 weeks after April 1, to then reassess the situation and extend again if needed. 180 days requirement has been waived
  • “This is not going to be a short deployment […] This is going to be weeks, and weeks, and weeks[…] This is a rescue mission you are on, to save lives. […] You are living a moment in history that will change and forge character”

Juma Chai

A writer dedicated to providing the world with the best insights into Africa.

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