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"The ICU community must brace itself for this potentially overwhelming surge of patients."
Also, African-Americans appear to be disproportionally affected, and a poll reflects high public concern.
Global deaths today pass 80,000, reaching 81,200, just 1 day after exceeding 70,000.
In a pandemic, using the same respirator for 5 days, as long as it is not removed multiple times per shift, can help stretch supplies, but data are sparse on decontamination.
The WHO worries that the use of medical masks in the general population could further shrink the supply for health workers.
In a study of kids with COVID-19, of those for whom hospitalization status was known, 20% were hospitalized.
One study suggests that health worker absenteeism due to school closures could lead to more deaths than they prevent.
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