COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-03-25

Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo - That's Not a Curve, That is a Wave

What we're looking at right now is this wave of increasing cases. I just got off the phone with a new projection model that New York City was seeing double the number of cases every two and a half days, that can take your breath away. That curve they keep talking about, that we have to flatten the curve, flatten the curve, that's not a curve. That is a wave. That is a tsunami. That's the scene in The Perfect Storm where George Clooney is trying to go up the wave and he gives the boat all the gas he can to try to get over the top of the wave, and the wave crashes over him. The wave is going to crash over our health care system. It will crash anywhere from 10 days to three weeks.

It is going to overwhelm the health care system and where we're going to feel it most, we can scramble and create beds. We'll have a staff problem because staff are getting sick, and we're doing everything we can to find reserve staff. We won't have the equipment, and we won't have the ventilators. I have been saying for weeks, we need 30,000 ventilators. I've been saying it publicly, I've been requesting it from the federal agencies, HHS, Secretary Azar sent 500 ventilators, we need 30,000 ventilators. If you don't have the ventilator, a person who needs the ventilator will die without the ventilator. It's a respiratory disease. And we're not getting the ventilators.
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