COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death: disentangling facts and values


In the ongoing pandemic, death statistics influence people’s feelings and government policy. But when does COVID-19 qualify as the cause of death? As philosophers of medicine interested in conceptual clarification, we address the question by analyzing the World Health Organization’s rules for the certification of death. We show that for COVID-19, WHO rules take into account both facts and values.

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Elisabetta Lalumera
University of Bologna
M. Cristina Amoretti
Università degli Studi di Genova

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