The pandemic and the worldwide response to it are raising all sorts of ethical questions, in addition to the more obvious medical, social, and economic ones.
The Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh has put together a page of resources on the ethics of COVID-19. (That’s Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning in the thumbnail.) They are updating it with new resources as these come online.
Top of mind are questions of medical triage: who gets the ventilator when the need exceeds the supply? But few of us (outside of the medical business) are thinking about issues of duty of care and legal liability for doctors and hospitals. What of the ethical questions raised by the spotlight the pandemic is throwing on the disparities in healthcare available to vulnerable populations vs. the well-to-do? How about the privacy tradeoffs inherent in tracking people’s contacts via cell phones?
I have already spent uncounted time browsing Pitt’s links and expect to spend hours more.
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