COVID-19 ethics and social issues webinar

April 30, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has rapidly transformed our lives.

This webinar discusses the many ethical issues within clinical care, public health, research, and wider society in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The webinar was hosted by the Ethics and Politics of Infection Node at the Marie Bashir Institute on 1 April 2020.

The expert panel includes Professor Angus Dawson, Dr Diego Silva, Dr Jane Williams and Professor Lyn Gilbert – they are APPRISE researchers based at Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney.

The kind of questions the panel aimed to explore included:

  • How should we make decisions about allocating scarce resources within a pandemic?
  • Should we prioritise those who are younger?
  • What can justify restrictions on freedoms of movement and assembly etc, if anything?
  • Who are reliable sources of information within a pandemic?
  • What obligations do we have as a society to those who are disadvantaged?
  • How should we weigh the protection of health against longer term economic considerations?
  • What can we all do to support health care workers to ensure they are protected and can carry on doing their jobs?
  • What should we all do to protect the community’s health?

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