Time is running out: how can we optimize resources in the time of COVID 19?



The recent COVID 19 pandemic has put extreme stress on our healthcare system in the US and has exposed some flaws within the system, specifically regarding major shortages of essential ventilators and masks and testing systems. With ventilators specifically, we are seeing a major shortage of this essential tool as 77,000 ventilators worldwide were sufficient, but now, 30,000 ventilators are not even enough for just New York City. This graph shows just how much demand for ventilators has increased.

Ventilator producing companies cannot reasonably up their production by 500-1000 percent over the course of just one year, so we are seeing major gaps between the current supply of tools and what is necessary to actively fight this pandemic. Given the current situation of massive shortages in our country I will be examining the question: How can we better optimize resources, specifically ventilators, to fight COVID 19?

My Response: What can we do?

    give to young give to health workers give to old
global trade 1,1 (benefits both government and hospitals because there is good access to ventilators and the young are the future and have best chance of survival) 1,2 (benefits both because good access to ventilators and healthcare workers work harder to fight crisis right now) 0,1 (just benefits hospitals because serve old and don’t abandon so no suing consequences but government don’t benefit from survival of old)
cut off relations 1,-1 ( limited sources go to young so survive and still have good future for country but hospitals strained) 0, 1 (sources go to health workers which helps hospitals, but they can’t be put toward others who need them and governments don’t really benefit because shortage means health care workers have harder time fighting covid) 0,-1 (can’t adequately address all the elderly who need ventilators and future anger and suing and government dont benefit from old people’s survival)

The best thing that hospitals and governments can effectively do at this time is to stay global and keep trade routes open and to focus care primarily on workers, namely health care workers, because this solution allows us to get a greater supply of ventilators from other countries which are much needed, and because it keeps a large number of workers healthy and ready to go back to work and the front lines of the virus, which is especially important with their gained immunity. While it is also important and ethical to treat everyone with the same urgency and care, it is important to prioritize workers right now who have a high chance of recovery given proper resources and who are needed to keep the economy and fight toward COVID 19 going.

Additionally, I want to point out that it is essential, that we as general citizens have a duty to listen to governmental orders and continue to shelter in place and take precautionary measures against the spread of this deadly pandemic. Such at home measures will greatly relieve these pressures on the medical system I have discussed and can make it possible that we do not have to prioritize certain groups because we have plenty of resources within our country to treat those in real need.



How Will You Get Involved:

I am eager to hear your feedback as to what parts of this resonated with you and what you need more convincing of to create a more compelling and convincing argument and call to action.

If you could answer these questions below, that would be very helpful!

  1. Did you feel emotionally involved? What can I do to make it more engaging?
  2. What is the situation in your community currently like regarding COVID 19? Are you sheltering in place? What has COVID 19 changed about your daily life?
  3. What is the sentiment regarding COVID in your area/community/family? Fear? Annoyance? Do people feel compelled to take precautionary measures? Do people believe we should close our borders completely or not?

Please add anything else you think might be helpful! 

Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you in the comments!

This page was made from a project done for the 2020 Catalyst Conference by Camille at the Menlo School in Atherton, CA.

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