Ethical management of limited medical resources in COVID-19 times

Keywords: Medical resources, COVID-19, bioethics


The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected thousands of people around de world, regardless their race, religion, sexual preferences nor socioeconomic class, leaving all of us with the same vulnerability to suffer this disease. This emergency situation has shown to have the ability to collapse de health care systems in countries like: Italy, Spain, and the United States, because the medical personnel and the available material resources were exceeded. This conflict generates big ethical challenges for the practice of public health since difficult decisions have to be made about how, when and to whom the resources should be allocated.  Due to the great responsibility that resource allocation implies, important points in the existing literature are exposed on how to give the best solution to this situation.


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