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With coronavirus cases continuing to climb and hospitals facing the prospect of having to decide how to allocate limited staff and resources, the Department of Health and Human Services is reminding states and health care providers that civil rights laws still apply in a pandemic.

States are preparing for a situation when there's not enough care to go around by issuing "crisis of care" standards.

But disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing decisions that exclude the elderly or people with disabilities.

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Around the country, doctors are facing a difficult question. If resources are limited, will they be asked to decide whose life will be saved? A federal civil rights office issued some guidance today, and NPR's Joseph Shapiro is here to tell us about it.

Hi, Joe.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

MARTIN: So what did you learn? And why did the Department of Health and Human Services think there was a need to issue the guidelines today?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Around the country, doctors are facing a difficult question. If resources are limited, will they be asked to decide whose life will be saved? A federal civil rights office issued some guidance today, and NPR's Joseph Shapiro is here to tell us about it.

Hi, Joe.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

MARTIN: So what did you learn? And why did the Department of Health and Human Services think there was a need to issue the guidelines today?

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Around the country, doctors are facing a difficult question. If resources are limited, will they be asked to decide whose life will be saved? A federal civil rights office issued some guidance today, and NPR's Joseph Shapiro is here to tell us about it.

Hi, Joe.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

MARTIN: So what did you learn? And why did the Department of Health and Human Services think there was a need to issue the guidelines today?

A host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look at how the coronavirus is affecting cultural production — and offers some recommendations for home entertainment.

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