The U.S. has now surpassed every country in the world in regards to the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases.
In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen, according to data gathered by The New York Times.-NYTimes
With a population of 330 million, and testing only just beginning in some states and counties, expect to see much more. White House correspondents warn we have not yet hit the apex. We have not yet seen just how high the numbers will get before they begin to decline.
One reason is timing.
Ventilators are being used on average, by patients of COVID-19, thirty days (Patients on ventilators are unable to breathe on their own). We can begin to see the results related to the patients diagnosed today at around the 14-30 days mark, they’ll either recover, or they won’t.
And this is why having a vast quantity of ventilators will be important in the coming weeks. Necessary and vital to life or death, patients in need cannot share, cannot take a shortcut treatment, or a substitute. You either will have available to you a machine that can breathe for you, or you won’t.
Using CDC estimates on the projected scope of the coronavirus pandemic, the authors of a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine projected that in the U.S. “the number of patients needing ventilation could range between 1.4 and 31 patients per ventilator.”
As more and more people get tested and treated, the numbers will rise dramatically.
We can only hope the death rate that Italy has, for example, does not follow suit.