Last Thursday, the Hastings Center hosted “Re-Opening the Nation: What Values Should Guide Us?” an online discussion on the ethical implications of lightening COVID 19 restrictions in the United States.
In this respect, the Hasting Center explained the aim of the event: “As the nation weighs when and how to re-open the economy, we will need to build a new normal that leads with key values like public health, economic well-being, and respect for civil liberties. These values are often in tension with one another or seen to be, but they can be successfully managed with forethought and sensitivity.”
Three prominent ethicists took part in this online conversation:
Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Hastings Center Fellow; Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; and the President of the Hasting Center, Mildred Z. Solomon, Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
One thousand four hundred people from around the world watched the event live and asked questions. The report on the discussion is summarized on the Center website, under the thought-provoking title: “We Must Test, and Do It Differently, to Re-open the Nation.”
Test asymptomatic people. CDC guidelines are wrong-headed
The panelists determined that “massively ramped up testing is the key” at this point, and call for such measures to be urgently implemented to contain the virus.
In this respect, they concluded that “The current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which call for testing those with symptoms, are wrong-headed. We must test asymptomatic people in order to identify those who are spreading it and ask them to isolate themselves.”
In this respect, our Observatory published a scientific report on the matter (read HERE) and support the conclusions of this conversation.