Hot Topics: Public Health
by Nolan M. Kavanagh, M.P.H., Rishi R. Goel, M.Sc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined many medical students from the “frontlines.” Our classes are now online, clinical responsibilities were delayed, and testing schedules for board examinations have been thrown into uncertainty.…Full Article
Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
Recently the term black bioethics has been having its moment. With the world’s recently increased attention to racial justice, institutional racism, and medical racism, there has been more attention to the relationship between black people and health and health care. …Full Article
As more workplaces open up, a seldom-used legal action is being taken against employers charged with inadequately protecting employees from the coronavirus: public nuisance lawsuits.
The post Lawsuits of Last Resort: Employees Fight for Safe Workplaces during Covid-19 appeared first on The Hastings Center.Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Since mid-March I have been part of my university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, I served on the “Response” task force and that transformed into our “Re-Opening” group.…Full Article
Dr Alberto Giubilini, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities was part of an independent rapid-response project to develop an ethical framework for COVID-19 swab testing for NHS workers. Following a stakeholder consultation, the expert group have published a report identifying ethical considerations and providing […]Full Article
Language used to describe the response to the pandemic can illuminate, and it can distort. Here I focus on language that obfuscates thinking about the pandemic. As the death toll mounted in New York City in April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was reported to have declared, “Ventilators are to this war what bombs were… Read moreFull Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Tommye Austin is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at University Hospital in San Antonio. Like most Texas hospitals, UH has been hard hit by the pandemic in recent weeks and PPE is in short supply.…Full Article
Before there was the Covid-19 pandemic, there was Pandemic. This tabletop game, in which players collaborate to fight disease outbreaks, debuted in 2007. Expansions feature weaponized pathogens, historic pandemics, zoonotic diseases, and vaccine development races. Game mechanics modelled on pandemic vectors provide multiple narratives: battle, quest, detection, discovery. There is satisfaction in playing “against” disease–and winning. Real pandemic is not as tidy as a game. But can games support understanding about the societal challenges we now face? Yes.
The post Social-Change Games Can Help Us Understand the Public Health Choices We Face appeared first on The Hastings Center.Full Article
The rewards of social distancing are beginning to accrue in former hotspots such as Seattle, the New York metropolitan area, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where the number of new Covid-19 cases requiring hospitalization is declining. Assuming the rewards hold in the face of pressures to reopen the economy, hospitals will now face challenges of reopening their own nonpandemic services for patients whose elective surgeries and other procedures were postponed. Which patients should get priority?
The post After the Surge: Prioritizing the Backlog of Delayed Hospital Procedures appeared first on The Hastings Center.Full Article
For years, leaders in public health, including members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) have been calling for the recognition of racism as a public health issue. On their website, the APHA states that racism is a “driving force of the social determinants of health (like housing, education and employment) and is a barrier […]Full Article
Vexing, Veiled, and Inequitable: Social Distancing and the “Rights” Divide in the Age of COVID-19
Positive Public Health Ethics: Toward Flourishing and Resilient Communities and Individuals
Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview from the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD) Task Force
Ethical Dilemmas in Covid-19 Medical Care: Is a Problematic Triage Protocol Better or Worse than No Protocol at All?
Reweighing the Ethical Tradeoffs in the Involuntary Hospitalization of Suicidal Patients
TV Writers and Producers and Ethics: How Can I Help?
Yesterday’s Child: How Gene Editing for Enhancement Will Produce Obsolescence—and Why It Matters
Clinical Ethicists Awakened: Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients
Impartiality and infectious disease: Prioritizing individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription
Scientists are in a sprint to find a vaccine that could stamp out the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said on Friday he’s “cautiously optimistic” that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution in early 2021.
But it’s unclear how many people will actually get a vaccine if it’s approved. Only about half of Americans said in May that they were willing to get a coronavirus vaccine.Full Article
While the blatant horrors of the past are gone, the ideas that fueled race-based medicine stubbornly linger. We can change.Full Article
More than four in ten deaths linked to the pandemic were in the state’s long-term care facilities. What went wrong?Full Article
Routine vaccination of children in the United States appeared to have declined dramatically in March and April, in the weeks after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and the United States government declared a national emergency, a new study published Friday shows.Full Article
Afraid of Covid-19, parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases.Full Article
Early COVID-19 deaths in the San Francisco Bay Area suggest that the novel coronavirus had established itself in the community long before health officials started looking for it. The lag time has had dire consequences, allowing the virus to spread unchecked before social distancing rules went into effect.Full Article
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic raging across the United States right now, sports fans can expect to be back cheering on their teams at stadiums and arenas by the time the NFL is set to kick-off its regular season in early September. That is one of the aspirations President Donald Trump shared with leaders of U.S. major professional sports leagues during a conference call yesterday. It is a good goal. But public health realities—and the virus itself—are blocking the way for pro sports to get going that soon.Full Article
Stay-at-home orders have nearly halted travel for most Americans, but people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely, potentially exposing more people as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates, according to an analysis of cellphone location data by The New York Times.Full Article
As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of Americans already struggling with health and finances — especially those in minority communities — could bear the brunt of it.Full Article
With delays in testing hampering the country’s ability to accurately track the new coronavirus and shelter-in-place orders keeping many Americans at home, startups are swooping in with a seemingly ideal solution: at-home testsFull Article