ventilator facts

From Jeffrey St Clair at Counterpunch:

+ Trump: “Nobody in their wildest dreams would have ever thought that we’d need tens of thousands of ventilators.”

2015 CDC study: A severe flu pandemic could require 60,000 additional ventilators

+ COVID-19 patients average time on ventilator: 11 – 21 days (vs. 3 – 4 days for non-COVID-19 patients).

+ The government’s secret ventilator stockpile contains just 16,600 ventilators, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, not even close to the number needed to help people affected by a severe pandemic…

+ How much Jeff Bezos makes, measured in ventilator costs:

1 minute: 6 ventilators
1 hour: 258 ventilators
1 day: 8,602 ventilators
1 week: 60,385 ventilators
1 month: 261,667 ventilators
1 year: 3,140,000 ventilators

Hospitals in the U.S. have only 170,000 ventilators. (Source: Public Citizen.)