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A 34-year-old member asked:

The news outlet keeps on saying we need to shelter-in-place to not overwhelm the healthcare system. in what ways could the healthcare system become overwhelmed? could this be a problem in a first world country like the u.s?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Surpass capacity: Each hospital is projected to function at specific parameters as far as total capacity or flow. If they are surpassed by flow or patients over capacity, hospitals become unable to manage. Isolation and restriction apply as well reducing number of patients that can be admitted as well. This problem can happen in any country, in US there are solid recovery mechanisms, specific hospitals got stranded
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