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COVID-19 and the ethics of quarantine: a lesson from the Eyam plague


Spitale, Giovanni (2020). COVID-19 and the ethics of quarantine: a lesson from the Eyam plague. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 23(4):603-609.

Abstract

The recent outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is posing many different challenges to local communities, directly affected by the pandemic, and to the global community, trying to find how to respond to this threat in a larger scale. The history of the Eyam Plague, read in light of Ross Upshur’s Four Principles for the Justification of Public Health Intervention, and of the Siracusa Principles on the Limitation and Derogation Provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, could provide useful guidance in navigating the complex ethical issues that arise when quarantine measures need to be put in place.

Abstract

The recent outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is posing many different challenges to local communities, directly affected by the pandemic, and to the global community, trying to find how to respond to this threat in a larger scale. The history of the Eyam Plague, read in light of Ross Upshur’s Four Principles for the Justification of Public Health Intervention, and of the Siracusa Principles on the Limitation and Derogation Provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, could provide useful guidance in navigating the complex ethical issues that arise when quarantine measures need to be put in place.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Education, Health(social science)
Language:English
Date:1 December 2020
Deposited On:01 Sep 2020 12:22
Last Modified:23 Feb 2024 02:44
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1386-7423
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-020-09971-2
Official URL:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11019-020-09971-2.pdf
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31CA30_195905
  • : Project TitlePubliCo - an experimental online platform for COVID-19 related public perception
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)