World Health Organization warns the young: ‘You are not invincible’

Doctors and nurses deal with being most at-risk of infection, while families deal with being separated from those who are sick.
3:14 | 03/21/20

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City. S to Tom llamas with us tonight. We'll see you this weekend. What the health commissioner said being echoed tonight. Doctors putting masks in zip lock bags so they can use to same mask for up to a week. Urgent pleas from the front lines. ABC's Matt Gutman on that part of the story. Reporter: Tonight, a cascade of shortages reported at hospitals around the country. One of the most critical -- blood. Right now we're at like a critical shortage of blood. Again, common across the country because no one is donating blood. Reporter: Clinicians telling us the n-95 masks are so precious they're kept in zip lock or paper bags because they're told, hold on to them for up to a week. My mask snapped off and I had to staple it back. Reporter: But perhaps the most alarming shortage, doctors and nurses themselves. I wived to surface, wiped may face. Reporter: She's working from home, urging others to get tested. Reporter: Two Navy medical ships deploying, one on each coast, to ease the burden. The "Usns mercy" heading up the west coast next week, where a battle is brewing over whether it will dock in L.A. Or Seattle. And the "Usns comfort" will head to New York in early April. The army corps of engineers prepared to turn the javad center to a medical center. Tonight, we're taking you inside Ochsner medical center in New Orleans, now using special respirator masks to protect the staff. Thousands waiting to get tested. At New Jersey's first testing site, police had to turn people away after just four hours. One of the nation's leading infectious disease doctors, admitting the U.S. Is not meeting the demand. We are not there yet. Reporter: Tonight, the world health organization warning young people they're not invincible. The CDC says nearly 40% of the people hospitalized in the U.S. Are between the ages of 20 and 54. 22-year-old Los Angeles resident taking to social media to describe how her symptoms evolved. Tonight she's proof that that the pandemic can hit anyone. I want people to know to take the guidelines seriously. Many young people in icus across the country. We have to take it seriously and not have a false sense of security. I know there's news coming in from sources in Washington state and other places as well that echoed what we heard early on in Italy. That in Washington state they're deciding who will get treated in a worst case scenario and who won't. Reporter: That's right, because they're short on supplies and expect the number of patients to skyrocket. In the coming weeks they expect to have to make the triage decision. Essentially deciding whether or not to give the sickest patients full medical care. Doctors telling me they're going to have to make a decision on the spot. Matt, thank you.

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