Only if FEMA considers Covid hospitalizations a natural disaster as it has reached numbers higher than hurricanes & wars!
Reprint from email below of a statement signed by 9 well known medical organizations:
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is joined by eight organizations in calling for key actions to be taken in order to do the most good possible for the largest number of people with limited medical resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1) Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security
2) American Association of Medical Colleges
3) American Association of Colleges of Nursing
4) American Medical Association
5) American Nurses Association
6) National Council of State Boards of Nursing
7) National League for Nursing
8) National Medical Association
The crisis is now: governors, health departments, hospitals, and other health care sector partners must take immediate action to save lives and fairly allocate limited resources. Hospitals across most of the United States are experiencing alarmingly high surges in COVID-19 patients, and many intensive care units across the country are already over capacity and many more will be so in the coming weeks. In response, hospitals are canceling admissions and non-emergency procedures, identifying ways to augment staff, transferring patients outside their local jurisdictions, and even establishing and operating alternate care sites. Many of the hardest-hit hospitals are those that serve Black, Brown, Asian, and tribal communities, threatening to exacerbate existing inequities in care quality and outcomes.
We have reached a point in the crisis at which critical decisions must be made in order to do the most good possible for the largest number of people with limited resources. These decisions effectively signal a shift from conventional to crisis standards of care (CSC). This means making unprecedented and agonizing decisions about how resources are used, stretching many resources well beyond conventional limits. Every action possible should be taken now to mitigate the need to operate under crisis conditions. Failure to act will inevitably mean more lives lost, lasting damage to our fragile health care system, and deepened scars of health inequity.