Retraumatized: COVID-19, the Specter of HIV/AIDS, and Reorienting Responsibility

Authors

  • Sana Loue Professor PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, BRB-110E, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 USA
  • Erin Lamb Ph.D., Faculty Lead of the Humanities Pathway; Visiting Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/lumenphs/8.1/31

Keywords:

HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, responsibility

Abstract

We are assaulted each day with news of more COVID-19 deaths, more infections, new complications. Loved ones die unable to say goodbye, their bodies waiting for burial in refrigerated trucks as the morgues are full. In the United States, our federal government’s indifference—symbolized by our president’s months-long refusal to wear a mask—is amplified through White House news briefings that make clear that the deaths due to COVID-19 are merely the cost of doing business (Walters & Graham, 2020). The missteps of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) diminished our country’s readiness to address this unseen onslaught. Initial characterizations of the coronavirus as only lethal for old people contributed to sluggish reactions among governments and a false sense of security for those not old (Fraser et al., 2020). Religious leaders suggest that those who become infected are less than morally worthy (Merritt, 2020). And the brunt of the disease is falling on those who most often experience the injustice of and marginalization by our society—persons of color, homeless, incarcerated.

Author Biographies

Sana Loue, Professor PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, BRB-110E, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 USA

Professor PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, BRB-110E, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 USA

Erin Lamb, Ph.D., Faculty Lead of the Humanities Pathway; Visiting Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA

Ph.D., is the faculty lead of the Humanities Pathway and Visiting Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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Published

2020-10-14

How to Cite

Loue, S., & Lamb, E. . (2020). Retraumatized: COVID-19, the Specter of HIV/AIDS, and Reorienting Responsibility. Logos Universality Mentality Education Novelty: Philosophy & Humanistic Sciences, 8(1), 01-07. https://doi.org/10.18662/lumenphs/8.1/31