There’s a Global Shortage of Medical Oxygen. Covid-19 Is Making It Worse.

Oxygen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, but patients are dying from a lack of it

Craig Spencer MD MPH
Elemental
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5 min readMar 11, 2021

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A blue medical oxygen concentrator.
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I’ve seen countless severe Covid-19 patients struggling to breathe. When they come into the emergency room, we immediately put an oxygen face mask on them and hook it to…

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Craig Spencer MD MPH
Elemental

ER doctor | Ebola Survivor | Public Health Professor at Brown University | A Few Other Things