Thoracic Research and Practice

COVID-19 Pandemic Threatening Prison Population


Clinic of Chest Diseases, Kadıköy Florence Nightingale Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Thorac Res Pract 2020; 21: 433-437
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2020.20114
Read: 1870 Downloads: 724 Published: 09 December 2020

The prison population is one of the high-risk groups for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Apart from being in disadvantageous settings of “social distancing,” people in prisons are frequently elderly and with multiple comorbidities as a reflection of discriminatory punitive policies worldwide. Although the universal human rights principles ensure that prisoners, like everyone else, live their lives in a healthy environment and access qualified healthcare when they are sick, without being discriminated, the prison conditions make it difficult to comply with these principles. In this review, the basic principles and recommendations on this subject have been reviewed in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the situation in Turkey’s prisons was reviewed immediately before the transition to a “controlled social life.”

Cite this article as: Elbek O. COVID-19 pandemic threatening prison population. Turk Thorac J 2020; 21(6): 433-7.

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