The big issue with this is there are different types of ventilators that make up that total and not all are the best type for patients with issues. Another issue is that you can't just look at the total venrilators in the country and the total people who need them at this time because you cannot assume they are all available where they are needed. For example if New York State has 10k and NYC needs 8k that doesnt mean there are enough in NYC because 5k might be there and the rest spread throughout the state...Is there a number listed anywhere for the number of people in the US who are presently on a ventilator? Google fails me.
I'm trying to figure out why there is a shortage as it appears that 160k are available. Are 160k people using those machines right now? My search suggests that isn't the case, but I can't find actual numbers. If the demand is due to expected need, what assumptions are being used?
Before we all go crazy and start shouting TRUMP!! I'm not looking to excuse him, I'm genuinely wondering why we're having such a massive supply shortage given the number available.
Some good information on the types of ventilators and other breakdowns can be found here: https://sccm.org/Blog/March-2020/United-States-Resource-Availability-for-COVID-19