COVID-19

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A Boulder Rolls Downhill

When something like a virus strikes and jars us from the pacifying monotony of our daily lives, it's easy to be confronted by the Absurd. How should we respond?
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Further Questions for Universities Closed by COVID-19

The unexpected and rapid migration of college courses to digital platforms is bound to bring difficulties.
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“Chinese Virus”? On the Ethics of Coronavirus Nicknames

The WHO has moved away from including origin in the naming convention for diseases, and they've done so for good reasons.
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The Politicization of Disease

The current pandemic is but another opportunity to observe the perennial conflict between private interest and public good.
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To My Fellow Students and Our Institutions:

Just as in the case of climate change, it seems we have a difficult time organizing to combat an unseen threat. Is education the answer?
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Swamping, Epistemic Trespassing, and Coronavirus

With just one news story occupying so much of our attention, we become more susceptible to manipulation.
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The Ethics of Triage

What principles can we lean on when making weighing need against prognosis? How should uncertainty and scarcity of resources change our decision-making?
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Re-Thinking Mass Incarceration: COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

Prisons are a hotbed for spreading infectious disease, and we've changed policies to accommodate this fact. But these changes should also make us reconsider how they function in normal circumstances.
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Responding to Crisis: Individuals versus Income

When it comes to government benefits (like the COVID-19 relief package) what does a fair distribution look like?
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Coronavirus Briefings: Virtue in Ignorance?

Do news outlets have a responsibility to relay White House briefings in full or has analysis and commentary become essential to communicating the facts?