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COVID 19 : ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN HUMAN LIVES
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  • Smadar Bustan,
  • Mirco Nacoti,
  • Katherine Fischkoff,
  • Mylene Botbol-Baum,
  • Laure Madé,
  • Rita Charon,
  • Meinhard Kritzinger,
  • Jeremy Simon
Smadar Bustan
Paris Diderot University Faculty of Clinical Humanities
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Mirco Nacoti
Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital
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Katherine Fischkoff
Columbia University
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Mylene Botbol-Baum
Catholic University of Louvain Humanities Sector
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Laure Madé
Hopital Bichat - Claude-Bernard
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Rita Charon
Columbia University
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Meinhard Kritzinger
City Clinic
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Jeremy Simon
Columbia University
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Peer review status:ACCEPTED

08 Jun 2020Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
09 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
09 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 Jun 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
10 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
11 Jul 2020Editorial Decision: Accept

Abstract

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic obliged us all to handle many dilemmas, some of which we took upon ourselves as philosophers, ethicists, doctors and nurses to discuss around four key ethical notions : responsibility, dignity, fairness and honouring death. The following collection of the symposium acts held online in May 2020 with the Paris Global Center of Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers, attempts to testify to the ongoing pandemic emergency and difficult challenges while evaluating whether the ethical principles in the official recommendations were able to meet the lived reality. Looking at accountability and consistency in regard to the context of exercise, it seemed equally important to examine, through an international exchange, whether the contextuality of Coronavirus across countries and cultures affected the ethical decision making processes. We hope that our discussion can serve as a resource for advanced care planning, helping medical providers and other specialists to consider the shared important aspects of medical ethics in times of great uncertainty.