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UK healthcare fails under coronavirus

Everyone paying attention knows full well by now that electromechanical ventilators are the most critically needed and longest lead-time items required for saving the most vulnerable Covid-19 infected patients — the ones who develop secondary pneumonia and would otherwise literally drown in their own fluids if not for this artificial breathing technology.

According to BBC News on Thursday, “the NHS [British National Health Service] has just over 8,000 ventilators,” and is seeking help from the vacuum cleaner company, Dyson, to rapidly manufacture more.  So far so good, and we all wish Sir James Dyson’s company Godspeed.  At the same time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo likens ventilators to “missiles in World War II.”  The related news article reports that, “…There are about 160,000 ventilators in existing hospital treatment rooms across the United States and the Centers for Disease Control have a Strategic National Stockpile of 12,700 ventilators and the Pentagon announced this week that they can contribute 2,000 more military-style ventilators to the total, which would bring the number to just under 175,000 ventilator-equipped beds in America.”

Read the full story from American Thinker

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