Trump Speculates Hospitals Are Hoarding Ventilators, Masks: ‘Are They Going Out the Back Door?’

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows with several comments during Sunday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing, including his speculating that the significantly increased requests from states and hospitals for ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) like N95 masks indicated that “hoarding” or “maybe worse than hoarding” was happening.

As part of the briefing, Trump had representatives from several companies discuss how they were responding to the coronavirus pandemic, including ramping up the production of masks and other PPE.

One example given was a hospital in New York that would normally use “roughly 10,000 to 20,000 masks a week” but was now was using up to 200,000 to 300,000 a week.

Part of the reason for the increased use is that patients infected with
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