Sub: - Suggestion for fighting Coronavirus epidemic more effectively
It seems the death-toll in the USA due to the Coronavirus epidemic is rising because ventilators / respirators are in short supply. This problem can easily be solved if Fed Government instead of going for sophisticated ventilators (which are needed for serious cases like ICU, operations etc) asks and helps all the State governments for constructing simple mechanical respirator plants, if not in existing hospitals then at “Quarantine cum Ventilator Centres” in their all the counties (total ~ 4,000 in the USA which is the minimum one in each county). These mechanical respirators can easily be operated by even Coronavirus patients themselves. These Centres may be in newly erected (may be even temporary) sheds of about 600 beds in merely 150 ft x 200 ft area and it will not take more than two days for constructing such plants for these centres. These mechanical respirator plants will require merely medical oxygen supply (through cylinders / tankers), plumbing material (like pipes, tubes, elbows, tees, unions, valves etc) and simple regulating / controlling devices which all are available in plenty in all the States (Counties) of the USA.
The White House has said that ~ up to 240,000 people may die due to Coronavirus which means that 9,600,000 will be sick @ ~ 2.5 % present mortality rate. But most of these 240,000 people need not die if ventilators are available. If 15 days of quarantine and ventilator are needed for treatment of Coronavirus patient then in said 4,000 counties all across the USA in four stages in two months (15 days x 4) in each of these centres about 600 beds are enough and which requires only 30,000 (50 sq ft per bed x 600 beds) sq ft area. It goes without saying that it is very much within the capacity (maybe with little Fed help) of every State to construct such centres in their all the counties and which will stop unnecessary deaths of the Coronavirus patients.
Hem Raj Jain
(Author of ‘Betrayal of Americanism’)
Shakopee, MN, USA.