Hospitals across the country have deferred or canceled non-urgent surgeries. But that triage maneuver cut off a main source of income, causing huge losses that have forced some hospitals to let go of health-care workers as they struggle to treat infected patients.
Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, built in the shadow of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, was designed to handle waves of patients, expand its bed capacity and control airflow to prevent cross-contamination. Now the facility faces its first major test.
Large get-togethers that continued after a pandemic was declared have left the country dealing with the fallout: covid-19 clusters that were seeded before officials shut down gatherings that medical experts had warned would be perfect vehicles for the disease’s spread.