- At least in the initial stages, documented cases of COVID-19 seem to increase in exponential fashion.
- This disease is deadlier than the flu, to which the honestly ill-informed and the wantonly irresponsible insist on comparing it.
- So far only one measure has been effective against the coronavirus: extreme social distancing.
In another piece, Mounk paints a picture of the challenges faced in Italy as the numbers of those requiring care drastically increase.
There are now simply too many patients for each one of them to receive adequate care. Doctors and nurses are unable to tend to everybody. They lack machines to ventilate all those gasping for air.
Now the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) has published guidelines for the criteria that doctors and nurses should follow in these extraordinary circumstances. The document begins by likening the moral choices facing Italian doctors to the forms of wartime triage that are required in the field of “catastrophe medicine.” Instead of providing intensive care to all patients who need it, its authors suggest, it may become necessary to follow “the most widely shared criteria regarding distributive justice and the appropriate allocation of limited health resources.”