Fear seems to be the operative word these days when it comes to the coronavirus. People worry they might catch it. And some have become obsessive about dodging the virus.
In Michigan, a pressing question is: Does the state have enough supplies and equipment to handle a big outbreak?
The answer may be a big NO.
The state has a limited supply of specialized masks and other equipment, Robin Erb reports in Bridge Magazine.
“As of today, we have the supplies we need if we did have some cases but ... this is something we have to closely monitor,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said Friday at a morning news conference.
“If [coronavirus] really spreads significantly, we may not have the supplies that we would need, and it's something we're thinking about right now,” she told Bridge Magazine following the news event.
Coronavirus has now killed more than 2,800 people worldwide and sickened more than 82,000. In the U.S., two deaths have been reported.