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dc.contributor.authorBernstein, Justin
dc.contributor.authorHutler, Brian
dc.contributor.authorRieder, Travis N.
dc.contributor.authorFaden, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorHan, Hahrie
dc.contributor.authorBarnhill, Anne
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-09T12:42:56Z
dc.date.available2020-06-09T12:42:56Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/62383
dc.description.abstractAs some political leaders are fond of saying, reopening society after months of social distancing is not like flipping a switch. Reopening is a process. It will extend over many, many months. Policy makers will need to continuously re-evaluate whether the guidance they have set for the next stage of reopening still makes sense. Also, for each stage, they will have to decide not only the when, but the how of each reopening decision. When public schools open in the fall, for example, how exactly should that happen? And, at any stage of the reopening process, if cases or hospitalizations exceed a concerning benchmark, decision makers will have to decide which social distancing policies should be re-imposed. This document presents a framework for ethically evaluating the cascade of policy decisions that define the COVID-19 reopening process. These decisions will not and should not be made based on the science alone. Nor should they be driven by the economics alone. Rather, these decisions are best understood as a series of tradeoffs that reflect many shared values in our society, including not only our shared interests in health and economic flourishing, but also our shared interest in other aspects of well-being, and in liberty and justice. These values, and how to think about them in concert, are the subject of ethics. The framework developed here is specifically designed to aid government decision-makers at the state and local levels. Aspects of the framework may also be useful for decision-makers in a variety of private-sector institutions, including manufacturers, retailers, houses of worship, and private schools and universities.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectreopeningen_US
dc.subjectethicsen_US
dc.subjectreasoningen_US
dc.subjectpublic policyen_US
dc.subjectpublic healthen_US
dc.subjectwell-beingen_US
dc.subjectlibertyen_US
dc.subjectjusticeen_US
dc.subjectlegitimacyen_US
dc.titleAn Ethics Framework for the COVID-19 Reopening Processen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US


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