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Automakers offer to build ventilators as US faces critical shortage
By Morgan Korn
March 20, 2020, 2:45 PM
8 min read

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/automakers-offer-build-ventilators-us-faces-critical-shortage/story?id=69689489

Two U.S. automakers could soon reopen their idled factories and call back workers to manufacture what America desperately needs now: lifesaving ventilator machines.

As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases continues to increase exponentially around the globe, U.S. hospitals and health officials are warning government leaders that these machines are in short supply. Ventilators deliver air to one's lungs through a tube inserted into the trachea, or windpipe, and are critical to helping patients who have developed pneumonia from COVID-19.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates that 960,000 coronavirus patients in the U.S. may need to be put on ventilators over the course of the outbreak, according to The Associated Press. But the nonprofit medical organization said the nation only has about 200,000 of these machines.

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