COVID-19 Pandemic and the Plight of the Elderly: Nordic Experiences

Tuija Takala*

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Part of the rationale behind public health measures is protecting the vulnerable. One of the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 are the elderly and, consequently, many countries adopted public health measures that aimed to keep the elderly safe. The effectiveness and the consequences of those measures, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In my article, I will look at the steps that the Nordic countries took to protect their elderly and assess their success. I will further analyze those in the light of standard ethical theories. Public health crises often call for choices between two evils. Selecting patients for intensive care is one such choice, and again, it seems that for the elderly, the outcome was less than favorable. Overall, from the point of view of ethics, many countries failed miserably when it came to the treatment of the elderly. I will end my paper by discussing the lessons we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and suggests measures we need to take to offer genuine respect for the rights of the elderly.

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TilaJulkaistu - lokak. 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu


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