“I feel that many of the numbers that are being said in some areas are only bigger than they will be,” he said. “I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. They sometimes go to large hospitals and they have two ventilators. And now they suddenly say: “Can we order 30,000 ventilators?”
New York has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with larger numbers of patients and limited supplies such as masks, robes, and respirators. In severe cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, ventilators can allow patients to breathe with inept lungs – a common result of the disease.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator at the White House, said Thursday that New York had enough ventilators to meet current needs. While bottlenecks can occur in urban areas like New York City, Birx said, there are other parts of the state “that have a lot of ventilators and other parts of the state that don’t have infections right now”.
“There are still significant ones – over a thousand or two thousand ventilators that have not been used,” said Birx. “Please, to reassure people around the world, wake up this morning and look at people who are talking about creating DNR situations – do not enliven situations for patients – there is currently no situation in the United States States that justify such a discussion. “
But Cuomo said Tuesday that the state would need an additional 30,000 ventilators to respond to the height of the crisis, which is expected to hit the state in about two weeks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has only sent 400, said Cuomo. (The Trump administration later said it would send 4,000 from the federal supply.)
Cuomo’s patience with the federal government visibly decreased on a Tuesday press conference, furiously demanding that the administration meet the needs of the crisis.
“The president says it’s a war,” said the governor. “Well, pretend it’s a war!”
He continued: “You choose the 26,000 people who will die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”