COVID-19 Could Cause More Than 26 Million Hospitalizations
Michael Brady | ModernHealthcare
“The COVID-19 outbreak may be as severe as the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed an estimated 675,000 people in the U.S., according to a report by consulting firm Matrix Global Advisors.
MGA predicts that 12.3 to 26.3 million people will be hospitalized in the U.S. because of the virus, placing extraordinary demand on the healthcare system.
‘With this many hospitalizations expected, it will be difficult to keep hospitals fully stocked with medical supplies,’ said MGA principal Christy Robinson, a co-author of the report. ‘Hospitals have deferred elective procedures in part to preserve supplies. Anticipating the number of hospitalizations in the coming months will help decision-makers plan for resource constraints.'”
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