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How Are The Nation's Hospitals Preparing To Handle COVID-19?

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
A nurse at a drive up COVID-19 coronavirus testing station on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the US healthcare system and hospitals across the country. How are nurses, doctors, and medical personnel on the frontlines being affected?

Dr. James Lawler, director of International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security, estimates that 96 million people could become infected, and of those people, 480,000 could die from COVID-19 based on how the virus might spread. How are hospitals preparing?


Jayme Fraser, investigative data reporter for USA Today

Dr. James Lawler, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and director of International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security

Web Resources:

NY Times: There Aren't Enough Ventilators to Cope With the Coronavirus


SF Chronicle: Coronavirus: Bay Area hospitals say they have enough ventilators — for now


AP: One mask a day for doctors in virus epicenter of Washington


NPR: Are U.S. Hospitals Ready?

USA Today: US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

Mother Jones: In Private Facebook Groups, Doctors Share Their Worst Fears. We Talked to One of Them.