"This is like a natural disaster occurring in all 50 states at the same time. There are not adequate beds. There are not adequate staff. And because of the lack of national preparation, there are still not adequate supplies," said Ranney, a CNN medical analyst and director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health at Brown University.
"Here in Rhode Island, we are currently planning to open our field hospital on Tuesday because our hospitals are so full of sick Covid-19 patients. But not every state has that option," she said.
"And even if you open a field hospital, if you have hundreds of staff who are sick -- which is what many states across the country are currently facing -- if you don't have nurses and doctors and respiratory techs, even a field hospital isn't going to save you
. Our health care system is literally at the breaking point right now, thanks to Covid-19."