Should medical professionals be allowed to speak freely about the coronavirus? | The Tylt

Should medical professionals be allowed to speak freely about the coronavirus?

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals across the United States have been fired or threatened with being fired for speaking openly about personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and dangerous work conditions. They are on the front-line of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak but in many cases, they don't have the full protection they need to keep themselves safe and healthy. This is a situation where some of these workers will die—it's happened in China, in Italy and it is already happening in the United States. However, hospitals argue the policies limiting medical professionals' speech is due to the chaotic and ever-changing nature of the situation. Doctors on the frontlines may not necessarily have all the most up-to-date information or the full picture. It's better to leave it to the administration, who has the time and training for professional communication with the public. 

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Here's how one hospital system at the center of the coronavirus outbreak explained why they are limiting workers from talking to the media:

Jim Mandler, a spokesman for NYU Langone Health, said the policy was to protect patient and staff confidentiality. “Because information is constantly evolving, it is in the best interest of our staff and the institution that only those with the most updated information are permitted to address these issues with the media.”
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It's possible that the anecdotes could cause an even larger panic in the public at large. Crisis communication is incredibly difficult—and could have major repercussions if not done properly. 

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However, if doctors don't speak out, no one would know that hospitals are failing their workers and by extension, us. 

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However, many doctors are choosing to speak out anyway. Their lives are on the line—having basic equipment is not too much to ask for. 

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