Study States Could Run Out Of Hospital Beds For Flu

10.02.09 | FL News Team

Fifteen states could run out of hospital beds during the peak of an H1N1 flu outbreak. The Trust for America's Health says that could happen if 35 percent of Americans would get sick from the virus. The report says almost 13 million people could fall ill from the H1N1 flu virus in California. Wyoming would have the lowest number of people getting sick from the virus, at around 185-thousand. The trust says some 15-million uninsured Americans could come down with the flu, meaning they will go without medical attention or seek care in crowded emergency rooms.

States identified in the report as those that could exhaust the supply of available beds at the peak of an H1N1 outbreak are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.