According to a warning from the Association of American Medical Colleges, if coronovirus-related deaths can be seen “well into the thousands”.
“We are not currently on a good path,” AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Drs. Ross McKinney Jr. told CNN’s Briana Keller.
McKinney also said that the crisis is putting pressure on hospitals, particularly in virus hotspots such as Arizona, Florida and Texas.
“The crisis is terrible for hospitals. We are hearing, some of our hospitals are in areas like Southern Florida, in fact, they are full, but their staff is getting sick. As their workers become ill, there is no one who is not able to fill in. Therefore, people have to work exceptionally long hours and as you take more risks, you risk more. So we are, in fact, stressing the limits of what the health system can deliver… we are actually hitting the limits and as the disease kills the employee it is already becoming more of a crisis, “They said.
AAMC is calling for significant supply increases, as well as improvements in testing, reopening schools safely, expanding health insurance, and developing vaccination delivery protocols.
The association is urging the Trump administration to implement the Defense Production Act to address the supply shortage.
“There is inevitably significant supply shortage everywhere and we, as a country, do not systematically strive to upgrade our production of supplies required by PPE or laboratories to meet the demands tested by us Have done The demands we have for PPE, ”McKinney said.
McKinney said, that AAMC is calling for local standards to be re-established and reopening the protocol again.
Not every city or state “has to have the same degree of lockdown, but they should try to use the same criteria and move from one stage to another, so that we can learn what the best standards to use are , So that we do not get these continuous waves of infection, ”he said.
With reporting by CNN’s Jason Hanna, Madeline Holcomb and Shelby Lynn Erdmann
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