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How Will Patients With Cancer Fare During COVID-19?Many Unanswered Questions

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on health care systems; since March 2020, there have been more than 7 million cases of COVID-19 and 200 000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the US alone.1 Previously, for the United States, the very idea of scarce health care resources was more of a theoretical worry than an actual problem. However, with the COVID-19 experience of New York City and models predicting that demand would outstrip supply for critical components of our health care system including personal protective equipment, respirators, medications, and health care professionals, the possibility of scarcity has become a harsh reality.

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Article Information

Accepted for Publication: October 9, 2020.

Published Online: December 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.6085

Corresponding Author: Beth A. Virnig, PhD, MPH, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (virni001@umn.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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