Managing Supply Problems and Shifting Bottlenecks
Managing demand needs to be complemented with effective strategies for managing the supply of resources needed to care for patients — obviously, not an easy task when dealing with a highly contagious disease like Covid-19. But it is crucial since not doing so can trigger vicious cycles, as we are already seeing.
Covid-19 cases increase demand for tests and for staff. The increase in demand for tests initially results in test shortages (and thus testing backlogs). Staff needs protective gear both to perform tests and to treat patients. So, not surprisingly, increases in patient flow create shortages of masks and other Medical Equipment.
Shortages of both testing and protective equipment le