Coronavirus: Should frontline doctors and nurses get preferential treatment?

Professor Dominic Wilkinson

A 53-year-old Sydney doctor is one of the latest cases of coronavirus in Australia. Meanwhile, in China, thousands of healthcare workers have been infected with the virus. This article discusses whether healthcare professionals should be first in line for treatment.

It is mid-March 2020. James is a 29-year-old junior doctor working in a London hospital. Last week, James cared for a man who had become sick after returning from abroad. The man had been treated in isolation and is now improving.