Berryessa, C. M. (2020). Compassionate Release as a “Right” in the Age of COVID-19. American Journal of Bioethics, 20, 185-187
In their article “Vexing, Veiled, and Inequitable: Social Distancing and the “Rights”Divide in the Age of COVID-19,”Fairchild et al. (2020) argue that social distancing is a right to be “extended and defended.” Specifically, such a right in the age of COVID-19 should extend equally across the population, and the authors astutely suggest that social distancing operates in a society already marred by inequalities across the elderly, sick, and historically disadvantaged. Such inequalities mirror the patterns of infection seen thus far across the United States.