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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
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Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Resource Allocation and Triage

Resource allocation and disability rights: Growing consensus against categorical exclusions There is growing consensus among ethical, legal, health policy experts that protocols for triage or allocation of scarce resources during a public health emergency must be improved to ensure they Read More
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Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Health Care Workforce

Ethical Challenges: Protecting patients and providers The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant ethical challenges for health care professionals, including nurses, who represent the largest share of the global health care workforce. While facing the danger of infection is an accepted part Read More
This study found that 4.34% of individuals within Los Angeles County, CA had positive antibodies for SARS-COV-2. This study performed serologic tests in a community sample to estimate cumulative incidence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection Of 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
This research article presents strategies for increasing public awareness and responses to COVID-19, which begins with timely publicity. Public awareness of COVID-19 varies not only among countries but also within different regions within countries, according to an analysis using Google Read More
A new study estimates that COVID-19 kills 1.3% of symptomatic people, substantially more than seasonal influenza. Further, and could kill 500,000 Americans in the coming months if as many people contract the highly-contagious virus this year as contracted the seasonal Read More
This article is a companion manuscript to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) official position statement on resource allocation strategies and age-related considerations, developed by the AGS Ethics Committee in collaboration with others. The AGS position statement relies on a view Read More
This CDC report provides the first documentation of the number of reported laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in correctional and detention facilities in the United States. Aggregate data on COVID-19 cases between April 22–28, 2020 was collected from 37 of 54 Read More
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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

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