Prioritizing COVID-19 patients based on age ‘would not fly’ in US: ethicist – Business Insider

In Italy, doctors are prioritizing young coronavirus patients over the elderly. An NYU medical ethicist said that “would not 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 would 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.

Source: Prioritizing COVID-19 patients based on age ‘would not fly’ in US: ethicist – Business Insider

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