Disability, Vulnerability, and COVID 19
During the early months of the COVID19 pandemic, critical care resources and protective equipment were in very short supply across the world. Triage plans were updated and issued across the country. Dr. Sisti will discuss how considerations about intellectual, mental, and physical disabilities have entered into conversations around scoring for scarce ventilators and triage protocols. He will explore how risk mitigation approaches and public health guidelines—such as no visitor policies in long term care facilities—are possibly based on ableist calculations of risk and benefit, and have harmed individuals with serious mental illness and their families.