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Significance of public health ethics in the time of Covid-19

Lakshmi Lingam

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.060


Abstract

This book is an important contribution to the understanding of public health ethics practice and has enormous relevance in the current times of Covid-19. Its contents will alert us to the everyday forms of violation of the rights of ordinary people while addressing various health issues that affect individuals at scale. For example, marking houses, individuals and families quarantined or found positive to Covid-19 testing; sharing the personal information and addresses widely through websites and social media; shaming and trolling individuals, particularly celebrities for testing positive; stigmatising individuals in quarantine; and labelling individuals and communities routinely as ─“Dubai returnee”, “Tablighi Jamaat attendee” etc. Spraying of disinfectant on migrants, using physical violence on individuals found in public places outside their homes; or communities attacking health personnel visiting their homes for testing or imparting information; private vigilantism – collectively signal egregious legal violations, gross ethics and rights violations at various levels.

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