Public health experts say that revealing the identities of those who have contracted the virus is not an option.
- Ethically, doctors do not reveal the medical conditions of their patients. The Hippocratic Oath states that a physician will “respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know.” Patients would not trust their doctors if they felt their medical conditions would be revealed,
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensure that a person's health records remain undisclosed to the general public long after their death. That means releasing names of anyone with COVID-19 would violate HIPAA,
- Just wanting to know something like who died from coronavirus doesn’t entitle you to know and may only cause hysteria.
What do we need to do? With the exponential increase in the spread of the virus, all of us must focus more on protecting ourselves with frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowds.