A recent “news” article set me to pondering how some of the thoroughly educated examples of our species came to accept a “Zombieland” code of morality:

“…As hospitals across the country face shortages of personal protective equipment due to surges of coronavirus patients, health care professionals are reportedly privately discussing the possibility of a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients to mitigate the risks for those responding to a code blue…”


The reasoning seems first rate: "By the time you get all gowned up and double-gloved the patient is going to be dead,” Fred Wyese, an ICU nurse in Michigan, told The Post. “We are going to be coding dead people. It is a nightmare.” (ibid.)

But with very little more thought, it becomes obvious that this is too timorous a solution, and with just a little more fortitude, our medical ethicists can justify immediate on-the-spot termination of any patient who tests positive.

Aside from reducing the numbers of Spring Breakers, Mardi Gras celebrators, Hollywood celebrities, and Mexican rap music aficionados, so many other benefits will also accrue: suddenly there will be no need for those hundreds of ventilators, extra hospital beds, thousands of doses of primaquin, and vast numbers of masks and gowns that will no longer be needed for treatment can be repurposed:

Of course, I would never suggest so crude a solution as “double tap”, as those barbaric screenwriters suggested. An advanced civilization can certainly find a more humane and subtle solution.