In Italy the suffering from COVID-19 is taking a particularly heavy toll. Reports speak of Italian medical facilities being overwhelmed. Doctors are unable to care for everyone who seeks treatment. There is also a critical shortage of ventilators needed to help those in the greatest danger.
The published guidelines of the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care for nurses and doctors to follow are shocking: “It may become necessary to establish an age limit for access to intensive care.” Those who are too old to have a good chance of recovery or with few years left to live will be allowed to die.