Law, Ethics, and Politics in the Face of a Global Pandemic

Public Health Ethics


Volume 13, Issue 1, April 2020
Law, Ethics, and Politics in the Face of a Global Pandemic
Angus Dawson, Marcel Verweij
Public Health Ethics, Volume 13, Issue 1, April 2020, Pages 1–3,
We are in the midst of a global pandemic caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. Millions of people have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died and health care systems have been stretched to breaking point. Unprecedented work is going on around the world to discover effective treatments and vaccines. In their absence, we are reliant upon traditional public health measures that aim to both prevent transmission (through the use of isolation, quarantine, physical distancing, restrictions on movement, shutting of borders, etc.) and detect infected individuals and those possibly exposed to infection (through testing and contact tracing, etc.). The implementation of such actions, particularly physical distancing, has caused massive disruption to social life and economic activity,…