From the Document: "This white paper examines the practices and conditions of treating people who have fallen victim to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with a situation that has not been seen since the 1918 flu pandemic over 100 years ago. Healthcare professionals and policymakers alike are challenged by the need to navigate best practices for all patients who, in many instances, may have a wide variety of health concerns in addition to contracting the coronavirus. With the COVID-19 pandemic engulfing much of the world, healthcare providers are forced to follow policy guidelines with regards to who receives certain treatments and what those treatments consist of. Often, receiving the treatment, or lack thereof, could be the result of a person having a disability, a pre-existing medical condition, or any one of several other discriminatory factors that could value one life over another. This white paper delves into these issues and also provides suggestions on how to make the treatment process more inclusive, so that no one has to suffer more from the coronavirus simply because they are vulnerable or have a disability. When we do this, we are exercising equal rights for all."
Ruderman Family Foundation