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Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Americans are divided by their religious beliefs over who should be given priority if hospitals do not have enough ventilators for all patients who need help breathing in the face of supply shortages during the coronavirus crisis, according to the Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: Pew's findings are consistent with other research indicating that people who aren't religious "tend to prefer utilitarian solutions in a variety of moral dilemmas," and often rely on personal philosophies. Meanwhile, more religious individuals often depend on deeply ingrained moral rules and guidance from religious leaders and texts.

By the numbers:

  • 56% of those with no religious association, the only group with a majority, believe ventilators should be reserved for patients who are most likely to recover.
    • 41% of the religiously unaffiliated said the ventilators should go to patients who need it the most.
  • 60% of evangelicals and 59% of Protestants from historically black churches believe ventilators should be reserved for those who are most in need, and doctors should not deny treatment based on age or health status.
  • Roughly 33% of evangelicals believe those most likely to survive aggressive treatment should be given priority access to ventilators.
  • Catholics are more evenly split on the question, with 53% saying ventilators should go to those who need them, while 42% say they should be available for those who are most likely to recover.

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Aug 2, 2020 - Health

Top HHS official: "We need to move on" from hydroxychloroquine

Trump administration testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” coronavirus treatment.

Why it matters: President Trump has continued to advertise the antimalarial drug as a treatment for the virus, despite health officials' objections.

The pandemic is boosting the public's view of doctors

Reproduced from Kaiser Family Foundation; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus pandemic is leading Americans toward a more favorable view of doctors, according to our KFF polling.

Why it matters: New appreciation for frontline health care workers — expressed in polling as well as yard signs and nightly applause from apartment windows — could help boost morale within the medical profession and perhaps get young people more interested in specialties that aren’t usually the most lucrative.

Aug 3, 2020 - Health

The pandemic hasn't hampered the health care industry

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The economy has been tanking. Coronavirus infections and deaths have been rising. And the health care industry is as rich as ever.

The big picture: Second-quarter results are still pouring in, but so far, a vast majority of health care companies are reporting profits that many people assumed would not have been possible as the pandemic raged on.