Italian doctors adamant that if Italy did not have a public healthcare system it would be worse.

Trump and Biden trying to force country to accept Clinton's decision in 1994 to sign URAA cutting off public healthcare hopes, without telling the nation. Snide comments by Biden during debate, Trump's attempts to get "exclusive" on German coronavirus vaccine show the behind the scenes war that is going on. CDC modeling of infection predicts up to 1.7 million deaths in US.

Norway urging students to return home from US, predicting US will not be able to handle coronavirus.

Update: Italy is significantly better prepared than US is

Note, I was wrong in my previous estimates, I said one in five was hospitalized, in Italy, its one in two, and around one in five needs intensive care that's usually for an average of two weeks. Here in the US, two weeks in intensive care would likely cost >$40,000  Despite the sterotypery few older Americans can afford that.

From the Italy story - (This sounds a lot like the Wuhan stories I have been reading on the (Chinese) github nCoV-memory site) :

"He said the hospital was trying to buy more respirators and preparing for the possibility that patients would come not only from the surrounding towns, but because of a wave of infections in Milan.

Dr. Stocco said that moment had already arrived.

Fifty people showed up in the emergency room on Thursday afternoon with respiratory problems, he said. The hospital had already canceled surgeries and diverted beds and respirators to coronavirus patients, and doubled its intensive care capacity.

“The infection is here,” he said.

Carlo Palermo, president of the association representing Italy’s public hospital doctors, said the system had so far held up, despite years of budget cuts. It also helped, he said, that it was a public system. Had it been an insurance-based system, there would have been a “fragmented” response, he said.

He said that since about 50 percent of the people who tested positive for the virus required some form of hospitalization, there was an obvious stress on the system. But the 10 percent needing intensive care, which requires between two and three weeks in the hospital, “can saturate the capacity of response.”

Many experts have noted that if the wealthy and sophisticated northern Italian health care system cannot bear the brunt of the outbreak, it is highly unlikely that the poorer south would be able to cope.

If the virus spread south at the same rate, Dr. Palermo said, “the system won’t hold up, and we won’t be able to assure care.”

The privatization of healthcare in the US has resulted in many large public hospitals closing (and even being abandoned)

Italy Coronavirus healthcare story:

CDC’s Worst-Case Coronavirus Model: 214 Million Infected, 1.7 Million Dead

Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths
"Projections based on C.D.C. scenarios show a potentially vast toll. But those numbers don’t account for interventions now underway".