Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2020, Page: 42-48
Vulnerable Population in Covid-19 Outbreak: A Look at Italy
Antonio Rimedio, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Department (Center for Clinical Ethics – CREC), Insubria University, Varese, Italy; Ethics Committee of the University Hospital "Maggiore Della Carità", Novara, Italy
Received: May 5, 2020;       Accepted: May 27, 2020;       Published: Jun. 16, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.20200803.14      View  195      Downloads  103
Abstract
We examine the population groups most exposed to Covid-19 in the Italian social and health context. These groups include, firstly, elderly and disabled people with one or more pre-existing diseases and, secondly, health workers, especially doctors and nurses, who have paid a very high price in terms of contagion and death. If elderly people are infected with the virus and become ill with severe interstitial pneumonia, they are unlikely to be admitted to intensive care units and are destined to die in a short time. Therefore, in accordance with the principle of "equity" recommended by the World Health Organization, some resources should be devoted to protecting these elderly persons, so that they would not come into contact with the virus. Unfortunately, the measures taken by the Italian National Government and Regional Administrations have not been effective in protecting this elderly group, as is evident from the ongoing judicial disputes. Covid-19 health care professionals are the most exposed to the risk of contagion, which increases dramatically if there are no adequate personal protection equipment. And these protections were lacking, especially in the early stages of contagion. Meaningful demonstrations of a human solidarity have happened, which have crossed the boundaries of duty to the point of sacrifice of life.
Keywords
Covid-19 ItalianVulnerable Groups, Covid-19 Health Workers, Covid-19 Outbreak in Italy, Allocation of Intensive Care Resources
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Antonio Rimedio, Vulnerable Population in Covid-19 Outbreak: A Look at Italy, American Journal of Health Research. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, pp. 42-48. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.20200803.14
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