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New York Just Delivered Its Most Terrifying Coronavirus Warning Yet

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:40 PM
Josiah Wilmoth
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:40 PM
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just delivered an alarming warning about the coronavirus outbreak.
  • He says New York’s hospital beds could be full soon, and he warns this will quickly become a nationwide problem.
  • His remarks conjure images of Italy’s terrifying healthcare system collapse.

As New York’s coronavirus outbreak flashes eerie parallels to Wuhan, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his most terrifying warning yet about the havoc that COVID-19 threatens to wreak on the U.S. healthcare system if the federal government fails to respond more aggressively to the crisis.

Cuomo: U.S. Does Not Have Enough Hospital Beds to Fight Coronavirus Crisis

While New York has just 729 confirmed coronavirus cases  and 6 deaths, the numbers are accelerating rapidly. Cuomo fears that the state’s 3,000 intensive care unit beds will soon be full .

And he predicts that “hospital beds” will soon join face masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper  on the list of items facing nationwide shortages.

Cuomo said Monday: 

When we’re going to have a real problem is when cases hit their apex and descend on the health-care system and we will not have enough hospital beds.

That’s what happened in Italy, which recorded 368 COVID-19 deaths  on Sunday alone and has confirmed more than 24,000 total cases.

Italian shops have been shuttered, and its tourist sites are empty amid a mandatory nationwide lockdown. But hospitals aren’t just busy – they’re running at capacity and helpless to respond as demand begins to outstrip supply.

Doctors are already forced to make stomach-churning decisions about which patients receive ventilation treatments and respirators. And it’s about to get a lot worse.

One leaked government document  suggests that Italian healthcare hospitals may soon be instructed to deny treatment to coronavirus patients over 80 so that doctors can prioritize patients with a higher survival rate.

Trump Official Says U.S. Outbreak at ‘Critical Inflection Point’

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New York’s coronavirus outbreak could spiral into a nationwide healthcare system collapse unless the federal government steps up, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested today. | Source: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

While New York has already taken aggressive steps to halt the spread of coronavirus  – closing restaurants, entertainment venues, and barring public gatherings with more than 50 people – Governor Cuomo says the Donald Trump administration needs to step up to avoid an Italy-style healthcare system collapse.

And he’s not the only one drawing uncomfortable comparisons to Italy.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams – a Trump appointee – told Fox News today that the U.S. coronavirus outbreak is teetering at a “critical inflection point.” 

We are where Italy was two weeks ago in terms of our numbers.