Utah is one of 14 states that hit all time highs for new cases over a seven day period, according to the Washington Post. If you live in a state or country where the infection rate is decreasing or stabilized, is it ethical for you to vacation in one of those high risk areas and risk giving COVID-19 to family, friends and anyone you come in contact with when you return?
If you live in a high infection state, is it ethical to leave the state if you haven’t self-quarantined for two weeks and then tested negative?
The damage from COVID-19 infection can include permanent brain damage:
“Sosa spent 44 days in the intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital, 19 of them on a ventilator. The virus invaded his lungs, injured his kidneys, inflamed his liver and left him with deep skin wounds on his face and buttocks. His wound nurse is not sure those are bedsores; it’s possible they are caused by covid-19′s attack on blood vessels. He also developed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common, severe hospital-acquired infection.”
“When his lungs healed, his sedation ended and his ventilator tube was removed, doctors couldn’t wake him for days. A CT scan showed the disease had allowed large blood clots to travel to both sides of his brain, a “bilateral stroke” in medical terminology. Much of his working memory, which allowed him to organize coins, was badly damaged. His dominant right hand was more severely affected, but his left was weakened as well. He could not walk, stand or get out of bed on his own.”
If you do decide to go camping, is “quaranteaming” an ethical way to vacation with family? What if this is the last time you’ll ever be able to go on vacation with a dying loved one?
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