Ethics in Action #2: Help, my co-worker has COVID!
Ethics in Action is a bi-weekly opportunity for you to reflect on an ethical situation and practice using the Eight Key Questions to help you decide what to do. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a multitude of ethical quandaries. Consider the following situation:
One of your coworkers tells you that they have received a positive COVID test. You can see they look like they don't feel well. "I feel fine and don't want to quarantine," they tell you, "I have too many things to take care of."
What questions would help you decide what to do?
For each pair of ethical considerations below, select the type of ethical question you think is most important in helping to make a decision.
How can I (we) act justly, equitably, and balance legitimate interests?
How would I (we) act if I (we) cared about all involved?
What possible actions achieve the best short- and long-term outcomes for me and all others?
What actions help me (us) become my (our) ideal self (selves)?
What duties and/or obligations apply?
What rights, if any, (e.g. innate, legal, social) apply?
How do I (we) show respect for personal freedom, autonomy, and consent?
What do legitimate authorities (e.g. experts, law, my religion/god) expect?
What questions can you ask that best help you decide what to do?
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