Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW)



How the triage rules compound historical injustices against Black communities in the USA

Blog-Beitrag von Dr. Wulf Loh und Laura Schelenz

While ethical questions about the fairness of triage situations have surfaced during the Coronavirus pandemic, an important aspect is often overlooked: Historical inequalities and structural discrimination have left some groups significantly under-resourced to tackle the health crisis, and, in many instances, they are more likely to contract and fall seriously ill from the virus. As a result, some of those groups have a higher likelihood to be subjected to triage decisions. This raises the question whether the triage rules are “compounding” (Hellman 2018) prior injustices – and thereby may be fair but unjust

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