Hot Topics: Public Health
by Joyeeta G Dastidar, MD
In New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country with a quarter of the nation’s cases, hospitals prepared for ventilator shortages.
by Roger Crisp Utilitarianism is in the news. It was widely believed that the UK government’s so-called ‘herd immunity’ strategy, which involved sacrificing the important interests of a relative few for the sake of benefits for the many, was motivated by a commitment to utilitarianism. Now several commentators around the world have suggested that decisions to ease […]Full Article
Covid-19 is teaching us the stern lesson that economic well-being and health justice are two sides of the same coin. To weather pandemics and restore the social contact that economic life demands, we need to sign a new social contract with public health.
The post Beyond the Covid Crisis—A New Social Contract with Public Health appeared first on The Hastings Center.Full Article
By Charles Foster It has been a terrible few months for moral philosophers – and for utilitarians in particular. Their relevance to public discourse has never been greater, but never have their analyses been so humiliatingly sidelined by policy makers across the world. The world’s governments are all, it seems, ruled by a rather crude […]Full Article
by Craig Klugman,PhD, Angira Patel MD, MPH, Nanette Elster, JD, MPH, and Dalia Feltman, MD, MA
The debate continues on when and how to open the country back up and allow communities to return to “normal”. …Full Article
Bioethics, in its essence, is multi-disciplinary. It involves medicine, philosophy, theology, political science, and supernumerary other scholarly fields. And, of course and, perhaps, unfortunately, economics. Bioethics is blessed, and plagued, by its confluence of academic influences, and operates within their inevitable, intersecting, conflicting, uncomfortable gray areas. The Covid-19 pandemic speaks to the bioethical implications that …Full Article
by Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP
The data are clear: African Americans are becoming infected with the novel coronavirus and dying at a higher rate than White Americans.…Full Article
by Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D. and Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
For a moment, let’s suppose that the novel coronavirus was produced by a lab in Wuhan as a biological weapon, as some in the Trump Administration have alleged.…Full Article
Written by Alberto Giubilini Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities – Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics University of Oxford Main point: Lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have so far been compulsory in most countries. In the same way, use of contact tracing apps should be compulsory once lockdown measures […]Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In a lawsuit this week, a judge in Cook County (IL) ruled against a suburban that wanted to force the county “to share the addresses of coronavirus patients”.…Full Article
Reweighing the Ethical Tradeoffs in the Involuntary Hospitalization of Suicidal Patients
TV Writers and Producers and Ethics: How Can I Help?
Yesterday’s Child: How Gene Editing for Enhancement Will Produce Obsolescence—and Why It Matters
Clinical Ethicists Awakened: Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients
Impartiality and infectious disease: Prioritizing individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription
Freezing fertility or freezing false hope? A content analysis of social egg freezing in U.S. print media
The One Health Approach to Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases
A Radical Approach to Ebola: Saving Humans and Other Animals
Ethical Dilemmas in Protecting Susceptible Subpopulations From Environmental Health Risks: Liberty, Utility, Fairness, and Accountability for Reasonableness
Counseling parents at risk of delivery of an extremely premature infant: Differing strategies
More than four in ten deaths linked to the pandemic were in the state’s long-term care facilities. What went wrong?Full Article
Routine vaccination of children in the United States appeared to have declined dramatically in March and April, in the weeks after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and the United States government declared a national emergency, a new study published Friday shows.Full Article
Afraid of Covid-19, parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases.Full Article
Early COVID-19 deaths in the San Francisco Bay Area suggest that the novel coronavirus had established itself in the community long before health officials started looking for it. The lag time has had dire consequences, allowing the virus to spread unchecked before social distancing rules went into effect.Full Article
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic raging across the United States right now, sports fans can expect to be back cheering on their teams at stadiums and arenas by the time the NFL is set to kick-off its regular season in early September. That is one of the aspirations President Donald Trump shared with leaders of U.S. major professional sports leagues during a conference call yesterday. It is a good goal. But public health realities—and the virus itself—are blocking the way for pro sports to get going that soon.Full Article
Stay-at-home orders have nearly halted travel for most Americans, but people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely, potentially exposing more people as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates, according to an analysis of cellphone location data by The New York Times.Full Article
As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of Americans already struggling with health and finances — especially those in minority communities — could bear the brunt of it.Full Article
With delays in testing hampering the country’s ability to accurately track the new coronavirus and shelter-in-place orders keeping many Americans at home, startups are swooping in with a seemingly ideal solution: at-home testsFull Article
As an anesthesiologist and medical ethicist working on the front lines of this pandemic, I’m keenly aware of the ethical dilemmas facing healthcare workers, like never seen in modern medicine. The COVID-19 pandemic will stress hospital resources to their breaking points.Full Article
An epidemic is a test not just of our mettle but our morals. In a time of lockdowns and quarantines, restaurant closings and shuttered schools, the temptation is often to bend the rules, relying on the familiar just-this-once or it-couldn’t-hurt dodge. TIME spoke to Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, about some of the most common moral dilemmas associated with the coronavirus.Full Article