Monday, December 28, 2020
Tom Kirsch (Johns Hopkins University), James G. Hodge (Arizona State University), Health Care Workers Deserve Better Protections From Coronavirus Disease 2019, JAMA Health Forum (2020):
Among the 232,000 deaths in the US attributable to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are more than 1336 physicians, nurses, environmental staff members, technicians, orderlies, emergency medical technicians, and other health care workers. Deaths of health care workers of COVID-19 are a testament to their ethical duties and heroic frontline efforts despite profound risks. Yet they are also an illustration of legal and policy failures to protect them from harm at their workplaces. This is not just a question of injustice for health care workers; it is a risk for every American person. As noted in this commentary, there are a host of law and policy approaches to assuring greater safety and accountability for U.S. health care workers seeking to serve amid the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic.