The authorities of major cities are trying to urgently increase the number of hospital beds.
The US has reached another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, passing the 3,000-death mark. Against this background, the country’s largest cities are crying out for help, including an increase in the number of hospital beds.
In New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, mayors and governors are working to create alternative hospitals. Illinois authorities plan to turn the McCormick Place conference center, the largest in North America, into a medical facility that can accommodate up to 3 thousand patients with coronavirus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called on nurses and doctors from across the country to come to his state to help fight the epidemic if the situation in their States is not terrible.
“The soldiers in this battle are our medics,” Cuomo said. – We need a break.” A respite for nurses who work 12 hours a day. A respite for doctors. Help us now and we will return the favor.”
On Monday, the US Navy’s Comfort floating hospital with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms arrived in New York Harbor. As early as Tuesday, it will be ready to receive patients.
“By May, the number of hospital beds we have should triple compared to the beginning of March,” New York mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. – This is a difficult task, but we are accelerating.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom previously claimed that the state would need another 50,000 hospital beds. The peak of the epidemic on the West coast of the United States is expected in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, WHO has downplayed the importance of wearing masks as a measure of protection against coronavirus.
“There is no concrete evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the bulk of the population brings potential benefits. There is some evidence to the contrary in cases of improper wearing or fixing of the mask, ” WHO Executive Director for health emergencies Mike Ryan said on Monday.
WHO says that masks are only needed for people who are already ill, and those who care for them.
Ryan also mentioned the global shortage of medicines and the risk faced by workers on the front lines of the fight against the epidemic daily.
“The idea that they don’t have masks is terrible,” Ryan said.
While some researchers support wearing masks and claim that effective masks can be made at home, the US Centers for disease control and prevention claims that they are not able to effectively filter the air from small particles and may be useless if an infected person sneezes or coughs nearby.