This document provides ethical guidance on issues raised by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and was developed by the Regional Program on Bioethics, Department of Health Systems and Services, based on Pan American Health Organization. Zika Ethics Consultation: Ethics guidance on key issues raised by the outbreak. The document answers questions related to public health and research during the pandemic like COVID-19, based on researches of past pandemics. Through this guide, the readers will be able to find answers to questions such as:
- How should public health activities that involve data collection be distinguished from research?
- How should the health of the public be advanced during the pandemic?
- What do health authorities owe to the general public in terms of communication during the pandemic?
- How should uncertainty be handled?
- Can we fast-track ethics review during an emergency?
- Is consent necessary when doing research during emergencies?
- Can samples collected for other purposed be used for research?
- Do we have a duty to share the results of research?
- For other topics relevant to the new coronavirus (such quarantine or isolation), consult:
- For ethics guidance for surveillance:
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