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Bruce Gelb, a transplant surgeon in New York City, contracted COVID in early March 2020. Since recovering, he has been on the frontline, attending to the most critically ill patients in New York City. The speaker will discuss his personal experiences, and how health systems and governments have variably addressed the pandemic, global healthcare challenges in managing a rapidly spreading new disease, strategies for managing shortages of resource and human expertise, disparities in the ability to provide and deliver care, and the pandemic’s impact on patients suffering from non-COVID medical conditions.
The syntagma CROvid-20 (or CroVID) is used in the current pandemic in Croatia. Dubrovnik was the first city in the world to introduce quarantine to control the spread of the Plague in 1377 and is the most important contribution of Croats to the medieval world health heritage. Our guests will highlight some historical aspects of Dubrovnik quarantine including COVID-19 and key ethical issues related to its economic impact, the scarcity of resources, the responsibilities of healthcare workers, the individual rights vs. public welfare and the earthquake impact in Zagreb during the pandemic.