Why ‘Overreacting’ to the COVID-19 Outbreak is the Right Thing to Do
The COVID-19 pandemic is an interesting ethical problem, given the outbreak’s susceptibility to worsen or improve based on individual decision-making. Clearly, government advice and country-wide lockdowns are intended to minimise harm and make it easier for health systems to save the lives of the vulnerable, but in many countries — like the UK, where I live — there is not strict, reliable enforcement of such measures. Yes, police are being asked to disperse groups, but I have not seen any police presence, so such law enforcement must only be more noticeable and active in areas likely to be busy. In any case, the police are saying they are struggling to enforce the new coronavirus lockdown rules.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on March 30, 2020.