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A couple visit with elderly through window and phone to practice social distancing

A couple visit with elderly through window and phone to practice social distancing

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A couple visit with elderly through window and phone to practice social distancing
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As the pandemic wreaks havoc on society, our health care system, and the economy, critical trade-offs must be identified and considered. Ethics Center staff and scholars offer their analysis of many of these challenges in this Ethics Spotlight.

Video Series: Essential Ethics: Perspectives from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Journalism, Media, and COVID-19: Part 1: Anita Varma: How do journalists fill in the gaps when there's information overload with COVID-19 coverage?

Journalism, Media, and COVID-19: Part 2: Subbu Vincent: The difficulties of reporting on a pandemic in a live, breaking-news, and social media world.

The Economy and COVID-19: Part 3: SCU Economics Professor Helen Popper:  The current economic instability is not like 2008 -- this time, it's a "Main Street" problem.

Perspectives

**NEW ** Weighing Values in the Midst of a Pandemic by Don Heider, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

**NEW** How the Coronavirus Pandemic Inspires Us to be More Ethical at Work and in Life bAnn Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (as published on Marketwatch)

**NEW ** The #Coronavirus Exposes an Unhealthy Commonality Between Breaking News and Social Media by Subbu Vincent, the director of journalism & media ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Five Ethical Basics in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic by David E. DeCosse, director of the Religious & Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Coronavirus: Lessons from Italy by Margaret McLean, director of Bioethics and associate director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Social and The Distancing: Internet Ethics in a Time of Crisis by Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

A Call to Calm: The Moral Imperative of Emotional Resilience bHannah Warneckea former Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and currently an ICU nurse in Denver, CO

Ethical Leadership Practices in a Pandemic by Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Compassion and COVID-19: Tales from the Pandemic by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics staff

Public Health Justice in Pandemic Times by the faculty of the Public Health Program at Santa Clara University

The Value of Slow Journalism During a Rapidly Developing Story of Pandemic by Anita Varma, assistant director of Journalism & Media Ethics and Social Sector Ethics

Ethical Giving in a Pandemic: Give Now, Give Generously, Give without Strings by Joan Harrington, director of Social Sector Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

“Othering,” Bad and Good, the Coronavirus by Ann Mongoven, associate director of Health Care Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Related Resources

The Branding of a Pandemic: What Works and What Doesn’t co-authored by Vikram R. Bhargava, faculty scholar of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and assistant professor of management & entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business and Suneal Bedi is assistant professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, (as published in the San Francisco Chronicle)

Coronavirus Proves Inequality is a Public Health Threat by Ann Mongoven (as published in the Mercury News)

Coronavirus Containment and Impact on Unhoused Populations interview with Ann Mongoven (as seen on Vice News Tonight)

5 Suggestions for Covering the Coronavirus by Anita Varma 

Lessons from the SARS outbreak in 2003 by Margaret McLean (as published in the San Francisco Chronicle)

Coronavirus is a physical and spiritual threat by Tom Reese (as published in Religion News Service)

Ethical Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: A Toolkit by Margaret McLean 

The Ethical Quagmire of Quarantine by Margaret McLean 

The Coming Pandemic: Ethical Preparedness by Margaret McLean 

Allocating Resources — A Wicked Problem by Margaret McLean (as published in Health Progress)

Mar 23, 2020