Faced with tough choices, Italy is prioritizing young COVID-19 patients over the elderly. That likely ‘won’t fly’ in the US.
- Epidemics force medical professionals to make tough choices, including which lives to save first.
- In Italy, where more than 9,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, doctors are prioritizing the young and otherwise healthy patients over the older people who are less likely to recover.
- A NYC medical ethicist told Insider the medical community in the US will also have to make decisions about who to prioritize if hospitals become overwhelmed.
- Choosing patients simply based on their age, however, “would not fly,” he said.
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With the number of coronavirus patients continuing to rise everyday, the medical community in New York City is having discussions about what to do if hospitals in the US become overwhelmed.
In Italy, where more than 9,000 people have already been diagnosed with COVID-19, doctors are scrambling to secure resources and treat patients. They have been forced to prioritize the young and otherwise healthy over the elderly and frail.
“It’s very hard to just prioritize the young over the old. That would not fly in the US,” Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine in New York City, told Business Insider. “People would protest …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]