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Emerging concerns

Ethical principles

  • Individuals should not be expected to take on risky work assignments during an infectious disease outbreak unless they are provided with the training, tools, and resources necessary to minimize the risks to the extent reasonably possible. WHO Ethics in an Outbreak
  • Any professional or employment-based obligation to assume personal risk is contingent upon society’s fulfillment of its reciprocal obligations to workers. If the reciprocal obligations are not met, frontline workers cannot legitimately be expected to assume a significant risk of harm to themselves and their families. WHO Ethics in an Outbreak
  • Ensure that reasonable alternative options are considered and evaluated, and that final public health policies and plans are designed to most effectively accomplish stated goals while minimizing the potential for harm. APHA Code of Ethics, 4.5.9.
  • Ensure that public health policies and plans are sensitive to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and other unique characteristics of individuals affected by the policies or plans. APHA Code of Ethics 4.5.11.

Recommendations and Practices

Emerging concerns

Ethical principles

  • Policies and procedures should be based on sound scientific evidence or on the best evidence available. In addition, the policy’s measures should reflect the severity of the situation while remaining as minimally invasive as possible. Indiana University
  • Frontline workers should not be expected to expose themselves to risks that are disproportionate to the public health benefits their efforts are likely to achieve. WHO Ethics in an Outbreak

Recommendations and Practices

Recommendations and Practices

Emerging concerns

Ethical principles

Recommendations and Practices