As our policy makers, medical experts, and first responders grapple with the choices forced upon us by the novel Coronavirus, doctors and hosts Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Dr. Jonathan Moreno will guide us on the codes of ethics that are the backbone of modern medicine. They will answer the key questions raised by COVID – 19 including “How do we decide who gets a ventilator?” “Who, if anyone, can force you to stay home in the interest of public health” and “When there’s a vaccine, who will get it first?”. Join the “architect of the Affordable Care Act” and “the quietly most interesting bioethicist of our time” as they interrogate critical thinking in a time of crisis and show us what it means to be the ones MAKING THE CALL.
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How do I want to die? The ethics of Physician Assisted Death
The Covid 19 pandemic has forced Americans to confront death on a scale that few of us have seen in our lifetimes. As the coronavirus continues to spread, Americans have started to ask themselves questions that are usually reserved for old age. Questions like: How do I want to die? In this episode: Physician Assisted Death - Is it ethical?
Are nursing homes bad for the elderly?
In the United States, more than a third of reported deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in nursing homes, and it’s not hard to guess why. You’ve got old and sick people with multiple chronic conditions living close together in an enclosed space -- ideal for the spread of a deadly virus.
In this episode: How should we care for older people? And what can we learn about elder care and end-of-life care from the Covid-19 pandemic?
Guest Dr. Joanne Lynn
When will it be safe to go back to school?
When you think about the conditions that have been most conducive to the spread of Covid-19 -- prolonged contact with lots of people in enclosed spaces -- colleges and universities have them all.
Students, faculty, and staff had their spring semesters interrupted by the first wave of the pandemic. With fall fast approaching, it’s tempting to go back to business as usual. But the virus may not cooperate. In this episode, we’re taking on higher education. When and how will it really be safe to go back to school?
Should vaccination be mandatory?
Experts agree that once we have a vaccine for Covid-19, we will need the vast majority of the population to take it - enough so we get to herd immunity. But the rise of the anti-vaccine movement has already led to outbreaks of diseases we thought were long gone. And now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the risk of further outbreaks is heightened because parents of young kids are afraid to go to the doctor’s office to get their shots.
Once we finally have a vaccine that’s safe, effective, and available, how do we make sure people actually take it?
Guests: Dr. Linda Goldstein, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Paul Offit
Who will get the vaccine first?
Part two in our 3-part series on vaccines: Manufacturing.
Last month, President Trump announced the beginning of “Operation Warp Speed,” an initiative to develop and produce a vaccine for Covid-19 in record time. But creating a vaccine that’s safe and effective is just the first step in a long and complicated process. Even when we have a vaccine, it’s almost certain that there won’t be enough for everyone. Millions of Americans and billions of people all over the world are going to want this vaccine. Who’s going to get it first?
Guests: Bruce Gellin and Paul Offit
Should we deliberately infect people with Covid-19 to get a vaccine?
Part one of our 3-part series on vaccines: Human Experiments.
Experts say the development of a safe and effective vaccine will take at least a year, maybe a lot longer. What are we willing to risk to speed that up? Thousands of healthy people have already volunteered to be deliberately infected with the Coronavirus in order to test potential vaccines. Is that ethical?
End of life decisions
That was a very thoughtful show. I’m 72 and think about dying everyday now that the virus is here. But the actual dying is the least of my concerns. Getting one’s life in order, even down to who will care for my cat, is an enormous undertaking. This woman knows she is dying and has the means to do so, but she clings to life like all of us do. I’m in perpetual quarantine and that is killing me too.
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