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Is it Selfish to go Outside, and Other Ethical Questions Raised by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Margaret McLean, associate director and director of Bioethics, interviewed by Newsweek.

"Certainly people need good, reliable information and that information needs to be delivered in a way that is understandable and actionable so we know what is expected of us and why."

"It's vital to remember that our only opportunity to stop the rampant spread of this virus is to keep our distance and not pass it on. Here, in these unprecedented circumstances, we need to voluntarily curb our freedom. We ought to care not only for ourselves but also for others since we can infect an average of two to three others before we know that we are sick."

"The duty to avoid harm compels us to act on behalf of vulnerable others by including them
in our protection plans."

Margaret R. McLeanPh.D., associate director and director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics  interviewed by Newsweek.

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