How does a doctor know which patient to save during a pandemic, when resources can be limited? And how ethical is it to put everyone under lockdown? Does trust in our government predict whether we will socially distance ourselves?
In this in conversation episode of WORLD: we got this, we speak with Dr Silvia Camporesi, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, and Caitlin Gardiner, an A&E doctor in London and a King’s master’s student in Bioethics & Society. We explore our personal experiences living and working in the UK, Italy and South Africa during this strange time and how bioethics comes into practice.
You can listen to the episode of KCL podcast “World, we got this: Ethics and pandemics” here:
and access the transcript of the conversation here.
Many thanks Julia Stepowska for inviting us to have a chat with you about ethics and pandemics!
After the lockdown, as measures start to be eased up around the world, who will we trust to see without a mask? Who will we trust with a kiss and hug? Who will we trust to have intimate relationships with?
In this piece (1,650 words) published for Institute of Art and Ideas online magazine as a follow-up on my AEON essay, I discuss trust and vulnerability and the human condition in the post covid-19 era.
Trust and vulnerability will become two key players in the post covid-world, as we emerge from lockdown and questions about who, and how, we shall trust dominate the discussion of the reshaping of the social fabric.
Trust is often quantified and societies are portrayed as ‘low’ trust (e.g. Italy, Spain) and ‘high’ trust (UK, Scandinavian countries). However binary conceptualisations of trust have been challenged by research which shows that more complex notions are necessary to explain people’s compliance with public health measures.
The portrayal of societies as ‘low’ and ‘high’ trust reinforces the very same national stereotyped behaviours that the public health measures were put in place to counteract. I argue that shifting the burden of the post covid-19 discussion from ‘trusting’ others to ‘allowing oneself to be vulnerable’, allows us to think in a different way about the future, and to act differently in the present to make that future possible. I also argue for the need to carry out research to discover the ways in which vulnerable people want to be protected (or not), including, the older people, and those at risk of experiencing severe covid-19 due to pre-existing conditions.
The article can be accessed here:
Le mie riflessioni sull’etica della pandemia ora anche in italiano per Micromega Online:
Per il testo in italiano si ringrazia Alessio Mattana per la traduzione e l’assistenza editoriale, e Giulia Cavaliere, filosofa morale all’University of Lancaster, per la lettura e i commenti.