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03/16/2020

Pandemics: The Ethics of Mandatory and Voluntary Interventions

External Link - Source: The Hastings Center

In pandemics, as we see with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its resulting disease COVID-19, communities have to decide which interventions, if any, to implement before adequate vaccine and antiviral supplies are developed and distributed. These nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI) encompass traditional public health strategies of isolation and quarantine, school closures, and social distancing measures such as gathering bans, the cancellation of public events, and restricted transportation. Some experts remain so concerned about the secondary and unintended consequences of NPI that they refrain from recommending any course of action.

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