Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP
Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP

Letters | Coronavirus pandemic revives moral questions about nature’s rule of survival of the fittest

  • As Covid-19 spreads, intensive care units are overwhelmed and ventilators become scarce, the ancient moral dilemma that every society faces is now more acute: whom to save?

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP
Revellers in the Plague Doctors Procession in Venice, Italy, last month, dressed up in face masks similar to those worn by plague doctors in the 17th century. Italy’s doctors are urged to prioritise those with greater survival chances and life expectancy. Photo: AFP
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