Your comment about being at war sums up this whole situation perfectly.
The lack of PPE is just plain dangerous. Even the financial management must be able to understand that if a nurse gets sick because of a lack of PPE, they are going to talk to a lawyer, and also its going to cost to get an agency or travel nurse to replace them.
But the bigger picture is that healthcare in the US is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Its a BUSINESS.
Not a public service, not a community facility, just a business. And for decades, American healthcare has been a ticking timebomb, because facilities are built for the sole purpose of making money.
Everywhere else in the world, hospitals are designed to serve the local community. And for that reason, their facilities include dedicated isolation areas.
Most hospitals in other countries have their isolation rooms in a separate suite on the top floor.
It has a separate entrance, so patients don't get brought in via ER and wheeled right through the hospital.
It has proper anterooms and segregation, so staff gown up and then dispose of PPE without any risk to themselves.
It has disposal chutes, so linen and trash drops down a chute to a waiting dumpster in the basement.
Compare that with your typical American hospital.
No dedicated isolation suite, maybe a few rooms scattered around the hospital that are capable of have controlled air flow.
Shared access, so "isolation" patients are transported via ER, through the main hallway, and in the elevator alongside "clean" staff, visitors and patients.
Trash and linen is removed by the regular environmental team, dragged along the hallway and taken downstairs in a regular elevator.
But because the American healthcare "system", if it can even be called that, does not have any of these facilities, covid will continue to be a problem here, long after the rest of the world has wrapped it up and moved on.
This is not going to go away. Healthcare needs these facilities, but because it is simply a series of separate businesses, nobody sees it as their responsibility to build them.
We do not have healthcare as the rest of the world has it. And you cannot separate it from politics, until such time as we finally have a system that works.