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Pandemic Moral Failures: How Conventional Morality Kills

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If invited to consider moral errors people have made in relation to the current pandemic, some obvious candidates likely to spring to mind (in an American context) include:General failures of pandemic preparedness (in the CDC and federal government more broadly) before the crisis hit.The specific failure to immediately ramp up production of essential medical supplies, and especially coronavirus testing capacity, as soon as the threat became clear.Lies and misleading messaging from the President and certain other politicians downplaying the need for any such preparations (including from some who privately made stock market trades at odds with their public reassurances that all was fine).Reckless behaviour by private individuals, e.g. Spring Break party-goers who risked infection in large crowds and then returned home to potentially spread it to vulnerable family members and other community-members.Hoarding toilet paper.But I'm more interested in less widely-appreciated mistakes.  The most important of these may be the failure to adequately explore our option-space, stemming from the conventional moral thinking of many well-meaning people (including public health experts who are leading the response to the pandemic).  Narrow-mindedness may leave us susceptible to uncontrolled, high-risk infection when a lower-risk, more carefully controlled alternative is available.In countries where fully suppressing the virus is no longer a feasible option, the conventional wisdom is that we must instead "flatten the curve" and simply slow the spread of the virus through widespread "lockdowns", to avoid (as far as possible) overburdening the medical system at any one time.  The most likely end-game (again, given that total suppression is not feasible) is the eventual attainment of herd immunity, either through vaccination (if/when such a breakthrough occurs -- likely 18+ months, possibly much longer), or through the gradual accidental infection and recovery of a. . .

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