Did Italian doctors choose not to treat elderly coronavirus patients?
In Italy, beset by more cases of COVID-19 than any country but China, hospitals have been forced to make tough triage decisions and ration treatment. But that doesn't mean the country decided to stop treating elderly coronavirus patients.
DESTINATION, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A DIFFERENCE ON THE FAIR. >>> COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST CORONAVIRUS CASES, DOCTORS HAD TO MAKE HARD DECISIONS THAT INCLUDES ITALY WHERE SOME HOSPITALS ARE OVERWHELMED WITH PATIENTS AND UNFORTUNATELY RUMORS ARE SPREADING ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT ITALY'S TREATMENT PROCEDURES, TRAVIS SPAIN FOR POLITIFACT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. >> IS ITALY IGNORING ELDERLY COVID-19 PATIENTS, THAT IS A RUMOR. YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE ARE SUGGESTING THAT BECAUSE ITALY HAS SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE, THE GOVERNMENT CHOOSES WHO LIVES AND WHO DICE. THAT IS A MISLEADING STATEMENT. ITALY HAS MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES THAN EVERYONE BUT CHAIN A HOSPITALS ARE OVERRUN WITH PATIENTS. SO, DOCTORS DECIDED TO TREAT PEOPLE WHO THEY BELIEVE HAVE THE BEST CHANCES OF RECOVERY. ELDERLY PEOPLE WERE GIVEN LOWER PRIORITY. THAT IS NOT UNUSUAL, HE SAYS MAKING HARD DECISIONS ABOUT RESOURCE IS NORMAL IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. WHAT'S NOT NORMAL THIS TREATING 600 PEOPLE ALL THE ONCE. THE FACEBOOK POST EXAGGERATES THE SITUATION SO THE TRUTH MEET OAR RATES IT, MOSTLY FALSE. FOR MORE FACT CHECKS RELATED TO