Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas

Sunday, May 31, 2020

What Is It

In just months the world changed radically, and we have all had to adjust our lifestyles to stop the spread of Covid-19. Those working on the frontlines are taking on great personal risk while the rest of us are required to socially distance. But even if you follow all the guidelines, you may still face moral dilemmas. Is it ethical to order non-essential goods online, putting low wage workers at risk for your own comfort? What should you do if your roommates refuse to follow the rules, putting your health in danger? And if social distancing means thousands will die alone of non-Covid related diseases, has it gone too far? Josh and Ray put your Covid-related conundrums to Karen Stohr from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, author of Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement.

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Harold G. Neuman

Monday, May 3, 2021 -- 5:36 AM

A lot has happened since May,

A lot has happened since May, 2020. As more people get vaccinations, there are expanding plans for the summer of 2021. Medical professionals are cautiously optimistic. People generally are more hopeful, some becoming careless. But some refuse to think globally. Which is likely a big mistake. I found it quietly ironic, when, upon reading the post notes for this show, I found no comments. Not sure why this is the case. It should have generated some thought and reaction, seems to me. Unless people were so stunned by the pandemic they did not know how to react. And, we still have surges in places like India. Been emailing with my friend in Ecuador. He and his wife have a comfortable life there. He has not mentioned Covid, saying only that healthcare is a fraction of what it costs here, and that it is excellent care as well. I think the sense of the Covid matter remains one of skepticism. For all the reasons we now know---and those we may not.