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How Should U.S. Hospitals Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc; Eric Toner, MD; Richard Waldhorn, MD; Laraine Washer, MD
Date posted:
March 18, 2020
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Annals of Internal Medicine

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is on the verge of being declared a pandemic. As of 7 March 2020, a total of 423 cases and 19 deaths, including several non–travel-related cases, areas of sustained community transmission, and a nursing home outbreak, have been reported (). Best-case estimates suggest that COVID-19 will stress bed capacity, equipment, and health care personnel in U.S. hospitals in ways not previously experienced (). How can health systems prepare to care for a large influx of patients with this disease?



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