Sandeep Jauhar | “In a Pandemic, Do Doctors Still Have a Duty to Treat?” – The New York Times
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“In a Pandemic, Do Doctors Still Have a Duty to Treat?” – The New York Times

“In a Pandemic, Do Doctors Still Have a Duty to Treat?” – The New York Times

We have obligations as professionals — but also as husbands, wives, parents and children.

It is a question being asked in hospitals across the country: What is the duty to treat in a viral pandemic, particularly one in which health workers are getting infected and there is a dearth of personal protective equipment?

The question could be glibly dismissed. Medicine is a humanitarian profession, the argument would go. Health care workers have a duty to care for the sick. By freely entering into the profession, we have implicitly agreed to accept the risks…”