March 21, 2020
by Catherine Stone - Assistant Health Editor
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly. And now many of the world’s best medical systems are crumbling as cases skyrocket.
Emergency beds are overflowing. Doctors and nurses are sick and rundown, working around the clock to treat patients in overcrowded hallways. Otherwise healthy people are being rushed into intensive care, with many needing to be intubated just so they can keep breathing.
Problem is, there’s not even enough oxygen to go around. So they have to decide who gets oxygen and who is left to die. People 60 and over are lucky to get any kind of care in hard-hit countries like Spain, Norway, and Italy right now.
And the infection is just beginning to take hold here in the United States.
“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country.” said Dr. Nancy Messonier, CDC. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather a question of exactly when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”
The spread inside the U.S. is already exponential.