Covid-19 conscience tracing: mapping the moral distances of coronavirus
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4641363
Author(s) Shaw, David
Author(s) at UniBasel Shaw, David
Year 2021
Title Covid-19 conscience tracing: mapping the moral distances of coronavirus
Journal Journal of Medical Ethics
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One of the many problems posed by the collective effort to tackle COVID-19 is non-compliance with restrictions. Some people would like to obey restrictions but cannot due to their job or other life circumstances; others are not good at following rules that restrict their liberty, even if the potential consequences of doing so are repeatedly made very clear to them. Among this group are a minority who simply do not care about the consequences of their actions. But many others fail to accurately perceive the harms that they might be causing. One of the main reasons for this is that the harms done by transmitting COVID-19 to someone else are morally distant from the agent, particularly in cases where infection is asymptomatic. In this paper, I describe seven different aspects of moral distance in the context of COVID-19, explore how they affect (lack of) motivation to obey restrictions, and suggest several ways in which such moral distance can be reduced - primarily through enhanced-contact tracing that makes it clear to individuals and the public precisely who they could be harming and how.

ISSN/ISBN 0306-6800
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1136/medethics-2021-107326
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ISI-Number WOS:000728614500001
Document type (ISI) Article

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