Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2167--2171

Disability ethics in the coronavirus crisis

Satendra Singh 
 Medical Humanities Group, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Satendra Singh
126, Department of Physiology, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi - 110 095

The disability viewpoint is fundamental for understanding and advancing social justice for everyone in the population. Despite this fact, it is regularly dismissed by public health experts and policymakers. Understanding of disability rights is central in an all-inclusive COVID-19 preparedness. This paper attempts to explore disability ethics in understanding structural discrimination, equitable practices, respect for disability culture and ways to safeguard health care professionals with disabilities in the coronavirus pandemic. In crisis standards of care, resource allocations must not be solely based on a disabled person's subjective quality of life. Health professionals should avoid stereotypes about an individual's disability to ration care. Triage protocol committees and disaster risk reduction working groups should explicitly recruit people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in their response strategies. Disability ethics can reform medical rationing by removing prejudices and safeguarding fair protection of the interests of all patients, including those with a disability.

How to cite this article:
Singh S. Disability ethics in the coronavirus crisis.J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:2167-2171

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Singh S. Disability ethics in the coronavirus crisis. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 15 ];9:2167-2171
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