Flu Might Overcrowd Hospitals in Va.

October 1, 2009

A new report warns that if a third of people wind up catching swine flu, Virginia and 14 other states could run out of hospital beds around the time the outbreak peaks.

The nonprofit Trust for America's Health used government flu
computer models to study how quickly hospitals would fill up during
a mild pandemic.

The report says only a fraction of people would be sick enough
to be hospitalized. But just sorting out which patients are sick
enough to be admitted from the vast majority who need to go home is
a big job. And hospital capacity varies widely.

Other states on the list are California, Delaware, Connecticut,
Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New
York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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