Archives: COVID 19 - Ethics Spotlight

This page includes older content that highlights key bioethics issues that Covid-19 has created. To see current articles that the IU Center for Bioethics faculty and staff have provided, please check this page. 

Dr. Aaron E. Carroll

Healthcare Triage

Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, Faculty Investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics and Professor of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, releases videos every week on his YouTube channel, Healthcare Triage. During the pandemic he and his team are answering questions and busting myths using scientific research and medical expertise.


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Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds

COVID-19 and the Black Community

Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, faculty investigator at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, and Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs at the IU School of Medicine, spoke with WFYI to explore how COVID-19 is impacting the black community in Indianapolis. Listen Here

Ross Silverman, JD, MPH

You Asked, We Answered: How Contact Tracing Works

Ross Silverman, JD, MPH, faculty investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Professor of Public Health Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law recently spoke with Side Effects, a public health education initiative led by WFYI Indianapolis. 


Dr. Mary A. Ott


Dr. Mary Ott, faculty investigator at IU Center for Bioethics and Professor of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, recently presented a TREATs Talk (Translational Research Ethics- Applied Topics). Her presentation, "Ethics of Virtual Engagement and Data Collection" explores ethical issues associated with increased online health appointments in the time of COVID-19. Watch Dr. Ott's presentation here and then visit the channel page to see the rest of our library.


Center Faculty and Staff Write about COVID-19


IUCB faculty and staff have been using our blog platform to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic through the lens of a bioethics framework. Topics covered include ethics of allocation, lessons from quarantine about isolation and connection, ethics of government and public response, and ethical violations of lock down orders. We will continue throughout the pandemic and beyond to respond to relevant topics on this site.


Dr. Brownsyne Tucker-Edmonds

Tucker-Edmonds, Profit, Shah, Cheyney, " The Covid - 19 Pandemic as a Catalyst for More Integrated Maternity Care", American Journal of Public Health, November 2020.


Dr. Mary A. Ott

Ott, Spinola, Zimet, Katz, " Human Challenge Studies Are Unlikely to Accelerate Coronavirus Vaccine Licensure Due to Ethical and Practical Issues," The Journal of Infectious Diseases, November 2020. 

Ott, Bernard, Wilkinson, Edmonds, " Clinician Perspective on Ethics and COVID-19: Minding the Gap in Sexual and Reproductive Health," Perspect Sex Reprod Health, September 2020.

Dr. Mary A. Ott and Caitlin Bernard, “Preserving the Reproductive Rights of Girls and Women in the Era of COVID-19: The Need for a Least Restrictive Solution,” The American Journal of Bioethics, July 27, 2020.


Dr. Colin Halverson

Professors Halverson (Bioethics) and Wilson (Medical Genetics) lay out practical and ethical issues encountered in the world of direct-to-consumer genetic testing that suggest potential pitfalls and work-arounds for the rollout of direct-to-consumer COVID testing in the Journal of Community Genetics. Download a PDF of the article here:

Home Testing for COVID-19: Lessons from direct to consumer genetics