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Hospitals, hospitals everywhere?!?!

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    Posted: March 26 2020 at 3:10pm

Ok, so government is trying to get 'ready' from this article, it's the lack of equipment though that I think will do in many...

The U.S. has 924,100 hospital beds, most of which are occupied on a typical day, according to a 2018 survey from the American Hospital Association. But in a severe pandemic situation, such as the one the country faced during the 1918 flu pandemic, experts have estimated that 38 million people would need medical care, resulting in 9.6 million hospitalizations and 2.9 million intensive care stays. 

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May be this is a side line, but how many spare beds do hospitals have.  Everything I have had to accompany my wife to a hospital the corridors have been lined with emergency beds (not your standard ward bed), so I wonder how many extra patients each hospital could take above their normal load before they start running out of beds.

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