Italy’s Coronavirus nightmare could happen in U.S. within days or weeks, ex-CDC chief says

Article Link: https://theintercept.com/2020/03/20/us-coronavirus-outbreak-italy/

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The Italian health care system is now buckling under the weight of the pandemic. Health care professionals are working day and night to keep critically ill Covid-19 patients alive, while wartime triage conditions have left doctors to decide who lives and who dies. The crematorium in the hard-hit city of Bergamo is so overwhelmed that the army was brought in to deal with the corpses.It could be a matter of weeks—or even days—before something similar happens here, Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Intercept.Last week, Frieden published a worst-case—but not implausible—scenario in which he warned that Covid-19 could potentially cause 1 million deaths in the United States alone.