According tomedia, the new corona outbreak will challenge all walks of life around the world, and one of the most pressing questions is whether U.S. hospitals will have enough capacity to fight the virus. ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom, has released an in-depth report showing how the outbreak can quickly overwhelm hospitals and why it is important to “flatten the curve” or slow the spread of infections.
The report reviews new data released by the Harvard Institute for Global Health that shows how the outbreak will affect hospital areas across the United States. Specifically, the information generated by the report shows which areas around the population are likely to have significant confirmed cases of COVID-19 and shows how some programmes will work over the next 18 months. Americans can check the impact of their current location by entering a city or postal code in the search bar of the report, or enter a different location to see their predictions.
An interactive search can estimate the number of people over the age of 18 who will be infected with various infection rates, how many beds the area needs to be treated, and whether the area’s intensive care unit will be overwhelmed. The data also show which communities may be undercapacity and have the largest number of free beds.
In most cases, “the vast community in the United States is not prepared to care for potential COVID-19 patients,” Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Institute for Global Health, told ProPublica. Although these figures are rough estimates, they indicate why individuals play an important role in the “flattening curve”.