Pentagon monitoring: Coronavirus spike could overwhelm hospitals by late March

A spike in coronavirus patients like the one Italy experienced has the potential to overwhelm the United States’ medical system by the end of March because the nation does not have enough staff or beds to serve them all, a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek.

The information comes as part of the Department of Defense’s monitoring of the global pandemic to determine the impact on military readiness.

“DoD has a strong interest in U.S. hospital capacity because a shortage would negatively impact military readiness,” Douglas Wise, a former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Newsweek.

“Normally they wouldn’t pay attention to available beds and personnel in civilian hospitals, but they would during a global medical crisis.”