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Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Space, Staff, and Supplies

TESTING: Tennessee is taking a bold approach to testing for COVID-19, making testing available to any person who wants it, even without symptoms or specific exposure risks. Test shortages have led most states to limit availability, but Tennessee’s approach has Read More
Below is a roundup of some recent developments with law and ethics themes related to the enforcement of public health authority during the pandemic, vulnerable populations, and states reopening. The Americans with Disabilities Act & HIPAA do not bar businesses Read More
This New England Journal of Medicine article argues that “color-blind” crisis standards of care (CSC) plans fail to account for disproportionate burdens on communities of color and risk exacerbating existing health inequities. Existing state CSC plans often explicitly reject consideration Read More
Published on :  | By Daniel Orenstein

Review: Clinician perspectives on implementation of crisis standards of care

This article reports the results of focus group and key informant interviews with clinicians regarding changes in their roles, identities, duties, and decision-making autonomy that may result from the need to implement crisis standards of care (CSC) during disaster triage, Read More
Published on :  | By Ross Silverman

Review: Child care investments through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article on the Health Affairs Blog from researchers at the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago argues that children’s needs should be at the heart of pandemic and recovery discussions, discusses the central role robust child care will Read More
This guidance from the EEOC clarifies the steps an employee should take to request reasonable accommodation from an employer based upon having a medical condition CDC indicates may put her at increased risk of Covid-19-related severe illness. The employee or Read More
This statement from over 40 health and medical associations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the National Association of County and City Health Read More
This article discusses the city’s Strade Aperte pilot plan, which will temporarily expand sidewalks, bicycle lanes and reduce speeds in a significant share of the city’s downtown in an effort to maintain social distancing and reduced pollution levels seen during Read More
ProPublica outlines lessons learned from interviewing frontline officials and experts from Italy, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea about reopening society in the wake of the epidemic. To safely move to a more open society, the following 7 steps Read More
This article outlines lessons from the authors’ experiences as Western practitioners working in resource-denied settings to inform the response to COVID-19 for frontline healthcare workers in high-income countries, who are typically unaccustomed to vulnerability and resource scarcity at a national Read More

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