How Are Mandates Put in Place by Governments in the U.S.A. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Violating the Principle of Non-Maleficence?
Hi, I’m Mackenzie and I’m here to talk about how mandates put in place by the U.S. government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are violating the bioethical principle of Non-Maleficence, which is essentially the idea that no medical solution should do harm to the subject. There are many consequences of mandates and lockdowns, including economic impacts and education impacts, but because the GOA class I’m taking is Bioethics I’ll be focusing on more of the medical consequences, like those relating to physical and mental health. I’m interested in this topic because I follow politics and current events very closely and this gives me an opportunity to connect my personal interests to my class. This issue is very political and controversial, and my recommended responses are a mix of education and activism. This issue is important because it is currently affecting all of us, and will only become more and more politicized as it progresses.