The Battle Begins Are Hospitals Ready for the Coming Wave of Corona Cases?

The German health-care system is considered one of the best in the world. But the coronavirus is mercilessly exposing its weaknesses, with some hospitals already facing difficulties. Can Germany prevent the kind of collapse seen in Italy?
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Staff at the intensive care unit of St. Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler, Germany

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Medical workers transport a patient with novel coronavirus in Rome: There are fears in Germany the disease could kill thousands of people here.

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"Patients just get pushed directly into the intensive care unit without anyone checking to see if they might be contagious. By the time a diagnosis is made, we will all have had contact with that patient – and without protective clothing.”

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Workers at a drive-through testing site in Oberhausen, Germany: Endless waiting times and overwhelmed telephone hotlines

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DER SPIEGEL 13/2020
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