Alexander Smith21h ago / 5:15 PM UTCLONDON — Ventilators have quickly become the most sought-after medical device in the world because of their ability to help save the lives of some of the sickest coronavirus patients.What worries experts is that it’s increasingly clear many countries — including the United States and much of Europe — have nowhere near enough of them to keep pace with a pandemic killing exponentially more people every day.The challenge is daunting. The U.S. currently has an estimated 160,000 ventilators, far short of the 740,000 it would need in a “severe” pandemic like the Spanish flu of 1918, according to a study by the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins.Click here to read the rest of this story.Obama pays tribute to health professionalsWe owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our health professionals and everybody who’ll be on the front lines of this pandemic for a long while. They’re giving everything. May we all model our own behavior on their selflessness and sacrifice as we help each other through this.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 17, 2020 Tom Winter21h ago / 5:40 PM UTCNew York state study predicted severe shortfall of ventilators in a pandemicIn 2015, a New York state task force

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