[Ethical dimensions of prevention and planning in assisted-living facilities during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (Covid-19): a public health emergency.]Rev Esp Salud Publica. 2020 Sep 07; 94RE
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (Covid-19) has had a major impact on residents of assisted-living facilities. While it is plausible that the characteristics of these patients and their special clinical fragility have contributed to their greater vulnerability to infection, other related factors cannot be ruled out, such as the quality of management at these centers and the lack of planning for actions taken before and during the health crisis. Both aspects pertain to the field of public health, where the ethics of the common good conflicts with the autonomy of the individual.