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America's new goalpost: Build tens of thousands of ventilators and assemble and reuse billions of face masks in the next few weeks to ward off some of the worst-case scenarios from the coronavirus pandemic.
The first wave of need is right now: New York has 7,000 ventilators and needs 30,000 — and America's essential personnel need an estimated 3.5 billion N95 masks.
The second wave is coming fast: As outbreaks grow in other states, manufacturers will be needed to dramatically expand the national capacity.
Face masks and protective gear:
The bottom line: President Trump says he hopes the country can start returning to normal by Easter.
Go deeper: American manufacturing vs. the coronavirus
Above: Sheila Williams tells people waiting in a Brooklyn line for their food donations to keep bigger distances between one another.
Below: Volunteers and government workers are disinfected inside a cubicle before they enter the local city hall in Manila, Philippines.
Spotted in a living room in Greer, South Carolina. Photo: Christina Hunter via AP
American households are also stepping up to help protect health care workers and other essential personnel while U.S. manufacturers race to catch up, AP reports.
Why it matters: Hospitals, doctors and nurses are so desperate for personal protective equipment amid the viral pandemic that they’ve turned to the public, saying do-it-yourself face masks are better than nothing.