And in northern Italy, doctors took the painful step last week of issuing guidelines for rationing ventilators and other essential medical equipment, prioritizing treatment for the young and others with the best chance of survival.Such tough choices could well be ahead for the United States, a nation with limited hospital capacity and grim epidemiological projections estimating that as many as 40 to 60 percent of the country’s population of 327 million could eventually become infected.“We are looking at a new war no one has seen before. We have never fought a virus like this with this potential consequence,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Sunday afternoon. He warned, “It is only a matter of time before ICU beds are full.”We need more ICU beds and we need the federal gov’t to help us meet this urgent need.It is only a matter of time before ICU beds are full.We are identifying reserve health care staff (retired drs, nurses, Nat’l Guard medics). #COVID19— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 15, 2020 The situation in the U.S. is more complicated than in many other nations due to this country’s diversity, deep political and economic divisions and decentralized decision-making. The Centers for Disease Control


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