What Happens When All the Doctors Get Sick?

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    Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThousands of doctors and nurses in Italy have contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus, and American health workers have said they’re terrified of getting the illness, especially in the face of startling and systemic equipment shortages. Some emergency room doctors in the U.S. have already tested positive for the virus, and other medical providers have personally prepared for the possibility of infection—creating wills, isolating off parts of their houses from the rest of their families, recording bedtime stories for their children on their phones. But what happens to an already-cascading national health crisis when, even if equipment shortages are resolved, medical personnel are falling out of rotation?Without concerted action to protect healthcare workers, experts said, America could be facing a shortage when its citizens need them most.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

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