COVID-19: soaring case numbers test US health infrastructure

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  • 11 abr. 2020

  • de Liz Scherer
  • Clinical Essentials
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Highlights

  • Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States have topped 466,000, but the nation’s projected death toll has been lowered from 250,000-100,000 to 60,000, based on Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation data .
  • CDC data reveal that comorbidities are not the only factors driving COVID-19 cases.
  • Metropolitan New York (New York City [NYC] and surrounding areas) is still the center of the US outbreak, reporting almost 160,000 cases and just over 7000 deaths.
  • NYC is burying some of the dead in a "potter’s field" on Hart Island but has switched to using contractors for interment instead of jail inmates from the city's Department of Corrections, which is handling virus outbreaks in its main facility.
  • In efforts to ration needed personal protective equipment, some NYC frontline health care workers are cutting back on their hours, according to a report in ProPublica
  • A survey released earlier this week by the US Inspector General reveals significant weaknesses and financial challenges across the nation’s hospitals and public health system, with workers being furloughed and salaries slashed.
  • CDC issued  interim guidance  for critical infrastructure workers (e.g., health care or food supply industry), widely viewed as a move to support White House efforts to reopen the economy.