(Natural News) After months of covering for Communist China as the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak turned into a pandemic, officials at the World Health Organization are beginning to panic because global health systems are collapsing under the weight of so many cases.
“Take one look at what’s happening in some health systems around the world. Look at the intensive care units completely overwhelmed. Doctors and nurses utterly exhausted,” Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, said at a press briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “This is not normal. This isn’t just a bad flu season.”
As reported by CNBC, more than a quarter of a million people around the world have been infected by the virus; more than 10,500 have died, as of this writing. And just last week, the WHO declared Europe to be the new epicenter for COVID-19, hitting Italy the hardest.
Ryan said that more than 26 million healthcare workers could end up treating victims sickened by the virus. What’s more, there is a huge shortage of PPE — personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and gowns — for them.
And of course, the bulk of those items come from China, which is not fully recovered from the outbreak there and, thus, is not up to full production capacity.
“These are health systems that are collapsing under the pressure of too many cases,” Ryan said, according to CNBC. “It’s safe to say that the supply chain is under huge pressure.”
The network reported further:
As the virus has spread from China across the world, it has overwhelmed some countries. In Italy, the death toll is rising by the hundreds everyday as health officials struggle to increase the country’s health-care capacity. On Thursday, the number of people who have died from COVID-19 in Italy surpassed that of China.
‘That’s a very large number’
Officials and leaders in the U.S. are scrambling to cope with an exploding number of coronavirus cases. Governors in New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois have issued ‘stay-at-home’ orders for nearly everyone. Meanwhile, mayors of metropolises like San Francisco and New York City have similarly instructed people to self-quarantine, non-essential businesses to close or restrict their hours, and for people to avoid any large gatherings.
U.S. leaders are also predicting that, based on the rapidly expanding numbers of sick — nearly 20,000 in the U.S., as of this writing, with 250 deaths and 147 recoveries — they will also run short of hospital beds to treat those who are in critical shape.
“Right now, in New York specifically, the rate of the curve suggests that in 45 days we could have up to an input of people who need 110,000 beds that compares to our current capacity of 53,000 beds, 37,000 ICU units, ventilators, which compares to a capacity currently of 3,000 ventilators,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, according to CNBC.
Natural News founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported Friday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that 25 million Americans could become infected within a two-month period, which could then lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
“We did some math on this projection, and we concluded the Governor likely believes the number of infections doubles each week, which means this is 8 doublings, or 2 ^ 8, which is 256. If you divide 25.5 million by 256, you get the number of Californians the Governor believes are infected right now,” Adams wrote. “That number is” nearly 100,000, he added.
“That’s a very large number,” he wrote, considering the number of known cases at present.
In short, as the global health systems begin to fail, there’s no reason to believe that can’t happen in the United States under the weight of coronavirus.