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Fri Apr 3, 2020, 02:04 PM

Editorial: States on their own to produce medical supplies

This is what things have come to as Washington state and other states face peak demand in the coming weeks for medical care in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its sweep over us:

Nurses, after putting in a full day at work, go home to cobble together their own face shields and other personal protective equipment. Others are wearing swim goggles. Family and friends have pulled sewing machines out of closets to begin churning out face masks for workers to wear over N95 respirators so they can be reused. Some hospital workers are wearing rain ponchos and plastic garbage bags as surgical gowns.

That’s American ingenuity and determination confronting the sinking feeling that follows after being told by one’s federal government: You are on your own.

After weeks of cagey responses from the Trump administration about the availability of medical supplies — including the ventilators that the sickest COVID patients need to keep breathing — came the news Wednesday that the federal government’s emergency stockpile of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies is nearly exhausted, The Washington Post reported.

New York state, where the need is currently most pressing, faces a shortage of 11,000 ICU beds, equipped with ventilators, according to data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Nationwide, nearly 32,000 ventilators will be needed at the pandemic’s peak, the IHME estimates. As of March 28, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had delivered 8,100 ventilators nationwide. It may have about 5,000 remaining.


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 02:09 PM

1. Being told by one's federal government you are on your own equals No Leadership.

What else could be expected from the Trump White House's utter lack of emergency planning, foresight, leadership, competence and compassion?

Remember when Republicans touted themselves as the party of personally responsibility? Well... please, America, hold Republicans personally responsible for this complete disaster.


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Fri Apr 3, 2020, 02:13 PM

2. Instead of...

Instead of MAGA and KAG, there should be hats like:

TRUMP 2020: You Are On Your Own Again!


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