by Henri-Corto Stoeklé Ph.D., Asmahane Benmaziane M.D., Philippe Beuzeboc M.D., Christian Hervé, M.D., Ph.D.
In a letter published in The American Journal of Bioethics, we wrote “now really isn’t the time for ethical reflections” in the face of COVID-19. This did not mean that nothing should be done to help clinicians in this time.
We believe that the development of specific multidisciplinary team meetings (MTMs), well known in oncology, could be vital. Actually, at the request of the clinicians themselves, we have created a new entity of this type at Foch Hospital in France.
by Fernando Hellmann, Ph.D., Silvia Cardoso Bittencourt, Ph.D., Fabíola Stolf Brzozowski, Ph.D., Mirelle Finkler, Ph.D., Marta Verdi, Sandra Caponi, Ph.D.
In times of crisis, like the current pandemic of COVID-19, the perception that ethical standards can be relaxed due to the urgent need for solutions is growing, according to . For them, “Ethics is only useful if you have the time, and right now, time is exactly what we do not have.” It is a misperception without any doubts. Ethics has always preserved its identity as a rationalization of human action. Therefore, ethical reflections to take decisions are useful all the time and must be reinforced in times of pandemic.
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”. Consensus is lacking and there is significant variability across the country. The federal government rejected a CDC guideline for opening. Some states have come out with their own plans, and some states are just opening all the way through both governor orders and court decisions.
In many places, we have flattened the curve. However, flattening the curve now means moving more cases of COVID to later.…
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. In that fictional scenario, we have nothing to fear from utterly inept Chinese military planners: They’d have developed a malign microbe that strikes mainly at old and sick people, not the healthy, young people who fight wars and power economies.
Smart medical warriors all know that there are already bugs in nature that don’t require any engineering that target the strong and youthful. And nature provides plenty of bioweapons on its own. …