The US military said it would not be able to provide assistance to civilian authorities in the fight against coronavirus due to a lack of necessary resources.
According to the assistant secretary of defense for public relations Jonathan Rat Hoffman, cited by the Pentagon press service, the ministry has only 36 hospitals on its balance sheet and 30-50 times fewer hospital beds than private hospitals.
In unison with Hoffman, the chief surgeon of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Paul Fredericks, spoke out. He explained that those hospital places that the ministry has are designed for "immediate military needs."
Among the arguments mentioned by the press secretary of the military department, it was also said that military doctors are more specialized in wounds and injuries, and in military hospitals they deal mainly with the young contingent.
According to him, the Pentagon has field tent hospitals, but they are intended, first of all, for treating the wounded in military operations and for humanitarian operations.
Hoffman recalled that the Pentagon is helping the Ministry of Health quarantine people suspected of having a coronavirus, hinting that this is not entirely within the competence of the military.
Thus, ordinary Americans are unlikely to rely on the help of the army if the epidemic is completely out of control.