During a pandemic, people are called upon to make sacrifices, but what if there is no risk-free option?
TIME speaks with Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone, to get his opinion on some of the most common moral dilemmas associated with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The goals of social distancing are to minimize exposure and protect the vulnerable. “Remember, even if you’re young and healthy, you’re still at risk of turning into a disease vector who could infect others,” Dr. Caplan says.
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