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The novel coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, so information and ideas in this webinar may be out of date, incomplete, and/or inaccurate.
Humanity is at the next frontier—modern technologies have put us all on the same pandemic forefront at the same instant in time—and we are all in this together. The novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 disease presents scientific, communication, medical, societal and ethical challenges and controlling this pandemic will require that we think and act together, but live apart—at least for now. The Brews and Views Forum has taken on challenges across the full biomedical ethics spectrum, but we usually start with a hypothetical—this is no hypothetical, this is real and the instant in time is now. From our next door neighbor to societies in six other continents, we need to align our goals to address this global crisis. Modern transportation has spread this virus globally and the internet now enables us to manage it globally—we must be up to this challenge.
The purpose of this month’s Brews and Views was to inform and help each other. To that end, IQ and the Center for Ethics assembled a group of experts to address and answer your questions about the full spectrum of challenges ahead as we face this new frontier in global society and global health.
Listen to the Q&A session above to hear from experts with a variety of different backgrounds.
Brett Etchebarne, MD, PhD
Professor, Emergency Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Leonard Fleck, PhD
Professor and Acting Director, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Maria Knight Lapinski, PhD
Director, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Health and Risk Communication Center (HRCC)
Professor, Department of Communication and Michigan AgBio
Richard Lenski, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics