This could have been prevented.
The first teenager believed to have died due to Covid-19, in America, was a 17-year-old boy from Los Angeles county. As reported by MSN, he was denied treatment because he did not have insurance. R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California, posted a video on YouTube in which he said: "He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him."
He added: "En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest when he got to AV hospital they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours. But by the time he got there, it was too late."
This reflects an extreme insensitivity towards care for people who may not have insurance but do deserve to be treated for an illness. According to the Mayor, 8.5% of Americans do not have insurance. The number of cases in America is skyrocketing with over 100,000 reported cases so far. Given such a situation, denial of health service due to lack of insurance is not only unethical but goes against the principle of the medical community.
Meanwhile, testings have increased in the country and recent developments show that even retired army medical personnel are responding to the Army's call of all hands on board. More than 9,000 retired personnel are returning to active duty to help create better health infrastructure and assist the medical workers who are extremely overwhelmed at this point.