Why we don’t reveal the names of people infected with coronavirus

The Constitution and Data Protection Act, among other laws, protect the right to privacy. PHOTO | YASUYOSHI CHIBA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Doctors are required to observe medical confidentiality, which is part of the Hippocratic Oath. They must ensure that a person’s health records are undisclosed.
  • In most cases, the media can only reveal that so-and-so has contracted Covid-19 if the person or his family volunteers the information.

The medical profession — and by extension the media — don’t out people infected with HIV, syphilis, coronavirus or any other disease.

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