Ethics in the pandemic: What's the value of a human life?


COVID-19 has tested our resilience – the resilience of our economy, of our businesses, of our families health and well-being, and the resilience of our leaders.   And the greatest tests are still to come, particularly as we wade through the process of re-opening economies across Canada and around the world. One of the major challenges will be balancing public health concerns with economic well being.   And that will pose a number of ethical conundrums. In many cases, our leaders will have to assess the value of a human life.   Kerry Bowman is a bio ethicist and professor at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. He says we can't have ethics that apply during "normal" times and a different set of ethics in the face of an emergency.