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Ashish "Protect our healthcare workers" Jha+ Your Authors @ashishkjha Physician, researcher, and advocate for the notion that an ounce of data is worth a thousand pounds of opinion. Director @harvardgh. Soon, Dean @healthybrown Apr. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Thread on PPEs and ethics.

A superb @nytimes piece by @sjauhar piece made me wonder about ethical responsibilities of doctors, nurses in this outbreak

Clearly, they have an ethical responsibility to care for COVID patients

But ethical responsibilities do not come in a vacuum

Society has an ethical responsibility to ensure it provides the best protection possible for nurses, doctors.

But what if society chooses to abrogate on that responsibility?

What if society, through government, says it will not provide safety equipment?

Does the ethical obligation for doctors, nurses still hold?

And do these providers also have an ethical responsibility to their families not to die -- or get them sick?

Would we expect a firefighter to run into a burning building if we chose not to give them equipment?

If we had enough PPEs & providers still got sick, I would say society did its best. Providers must do theirs

But our government is choosing not to do everything in its power to provide PPEs

And that raises an ethical dilemma

Here's Sandeep's piece:

 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/opinion/coronavirus-doctors-duty.html 


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