Fair treatment of people who have communicable diseases

Fair treatment of people who have communicable diseases

Your opinionated brother-in-law from the U.K., Larry is watching the local news when an update is presented about how many people in the area have been positively identified as carrying the H1N1 virus. Larry weighs in on the issue, “If I were in charge, I’d snatch up anyone who even sneezes and send them to a reservation, like them leper colonies in the olden days. That would put an end to this ‘swine flu’ stuff real quick, and keep innocent folks like me from catching it!”

continue your letter to Larry by adding a Discussion about how people with communicable diseases are treated in our society and the measures that are taken to protect the health of uninfected individuals.

Please think about the following questions: Are people who have serious communicable diseases treated fairly in our society? Is it appropriate for health professionals to resort to drastic measures (such as martial law or quarantine procedures) to protect the health of uninfected individuals?

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