Mar 21, 2020 12:14 PM

How Covid-19 Overwhelmed an Italian Region’s Hospitals

What’s new: A recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows how the diagnosis of a Covid-19 patient in northern Italy led to warnings from a virus task force that the deadly disease may soon overwhelm hospitals in Lombardy and prompted government officials to lock down the region.

The task force estimated that more than 14,500 people would need to be treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) by March 20, far more than the 720 ICU beds available in Lombardy’s hospitals on March 7.

What’s next: Lombardy has been the region in Italy hit hardest by the coronavirus. Although experts lauded its relatively swift shutdown, hospitals in the region are still grappling with a lack of medical resources amid a surge in critically ill patients.

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