Gas Suppliers Face Soaring Demand for Oxygen to Treat Coronavirus Patients

Two of the world’s biggest suppliers of medical oxygen, Air Liquide SA and Air Products & Chemicals Inc., say they are exploring ways to ensure supplies of the gas remain sufficient for treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Most of the anxiety over respiratory treatment during the coronavirus pandemic has centered on a shortage of ventilators. But respiratory therapists rely on purified medical oxygen delivered to patients through those devices. Supplying enough oxygen to meet soaring demand is critical and may prove complicated.