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Only 16,600 ventilators.

That’s the total number of breathing machines that sit in the Strategic National Stockpile, the government reserve meant to fortify overwhelmed hospitals in a crisis. It’s a small supplement to the U.S. medical system’s estimated 160,000 or so ventilators — many already in use — and not nearly enough to help patients survive a severe outbreak of coronavirus infections, health experts say.

The previously unreported stockpile number, confirmed by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official who works with the reserve program, shows just how few ventilators are available to a national health system bracing for the full impact of the coronavirus.

The U.S. could have as many as 742,000 patients who need ventilators in a severe outbreak similar to the 1918 Spanish flu, according to a study by the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, and more than 64,000 in a moderate outbreak.

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tokidoki
tokidoki

I've been assured by a commenter that this country is so awesome, some guy will produce a million by tomorrow.

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Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

Never bring an MBA to a medical fight.

bradw2k
bradw2k

I thought we decided in another thread that if you get to the point of needing a ventilator, your chances of survival are under 50%.


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