Health-care workers, particularly anesthesiologists who must insert a breathing tube during sedation for surgeries, known as intubation, have been asking institutions to end elective surgery for much of the month, according to interviews with more than a dozen health-care workers nationwide, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. The anesthesiologists raised concerns about scientific reports that found covid-19 can be aerosolized during intubation and spread from patients who have not been tested.They describe facilities with barely enough surgical gowns to go around, masks in short supply and doctors discussing how to reuse single-use N95 masks. One doctor put maxi pads inside to make it last longer. They also said there are shortages of drugs, including propofol, used for sedation, and saline. One nurse said it is “immoral” that the drugs are still being used for elective surgery.Workers fear that using these supplies will prevent health-care workers from being adequately protected when a wave of covid-19 patients overwhelms their hospitals.As the federal government is asking Americans to stay home and limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, many wonder why surgery centers — where patients interact with numerous people — are still open for elective procedures and why the

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