People keep asking me how bad this thing could get. I don't think it's helpful to look at the national level, because there is no single national outbreak. There are a series of local outbreaks, each of which is currently in a different stage. Washington State, right now, is under serious strain right now, desperately trying to mitigate what has already become an out-of-control epidemic. Minnesota has several cases, but (supposedly) it is not yet spreading person-to-person here, so Minnesota is still trying to work on containment, delaying the start of a real outbreak. Alabama has no cases at all, so it's simply in monitoring-and-preparation mode, hoping to recognize covid (and contain it, for a while) when it does finally show its face in Dixie. Unfortunately, Alabama cannot lend its hospital beds and nursing staff to Washington State; those resources are fixed in place.