Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 63 (3):494-501 (2020)

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Cheryl Misak
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
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Critical care medicine is suddenly, and unfortunately, in the news, with staggering numbers of COVID-19 patients requiring treatment in intensive care units around the world. Talk on the street, in those countries in which talk on the street is allowed, is of ventilators, ARDS, and cytokine storms—the overcharged immune response that itself is a killer. These technical terms are now in everyday use, and questions that have been restricted largely to critical care, infectious diseases, and public health specialists are being commonly asked. If it turns out that ventilators will be in heavy use, will we have enough of them to cope with the first, and next, waves of the...
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