Study: Hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

March 20, 2020

No hospital has current capacity to absorb a spurt in coronavirus patients without taking crisis care measures, such as postponing elective procedures and reserving finite resources for those patients most likely to recover, according to an article on the Metrowest Daily News website.

A USA TODAY analysis shows that if the nation sees a major spike, there could be almost six seriously ill patients for every hospital bed.

That analysis, based on data from the American Hospital Association, U.S. Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, is purposely conservative, the article said.

hospital’s response to ensure appropriate care for patients, visitors and families, as well as the care and protection of hospital employees.

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