The coronavirus pandemic has created a shortage of nurses. : The Indicator from Planet Money Early in the pandemic, there were national shortages of protective equipment and hospital supplies. Now, there's a shortage of nurses.

The Economics of America's Nurse Shortage

The Economics of America's Nurse Shortage

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Two nurses with protective overalls, gloves, masks, face shield, transport a covid patient to the emergency room of the Covid Giannettasio hospital in Corigliano Rossano, where the Covid ward comes into operation after the leap of infections in Calabria, southern Italy.

In many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has been characterized by shortages.

Early on in the pandemic, there were shortages of face masks, medical equipment, and even toilet paper. But as the coronavirus has continued to spread, many of the economic forces that led to those shortages have been resolved.

But as we enter the winter months, another shortage has emerged: nurses.

All around the country, hospitals are desperate for healthcare workers and there just aren't enough to go around. And fewer states have been impacted as severely as North Dakota, where 1 in every 800 residents has died of coronavirus.

Stacey talks to a nurse in Fargo about how the pandemic has unfolded in North Dakota. other NPR stories/ additional sources/ further reading and listening:

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