Bioethical issues during Corona days: The twilight zone between the technologies and the sick patient
The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced numerous bioethical issues well beyond the biomedical problems of how to contain the viral spread, how to treat patients, and how to eradicate the disease – mostly by vaccination. Among these problems are the need to prioritize treatment, in particular artificial respiration when we expect a shortage of professional medical teams or equipment. Other problems are the need to prioritize tasks – projects like curbing global warming or emission of greenhouse gases have put aside, while it is clear that climate change is galloping. And then the movement of anti-vaxxers accompanied by “infodemic” – a pandemic pf misinformation and disinformation that threatens to shake the very foundation of evidence based-science. Last but not least, the lion of racism and discrimination was awakened, which is typical to periods of crisis and unfortunately, scientists and scientific institutes have discovered that these ugly attributes have penetrated also our homes – which were supposed, by their nature, to be resistant and repel any discrimination. There is much that we, the human society, has to learn from these phenomena in order to be ready for the next crisis, but also in order to improve us at large.