The ethics and etiquette of the flu

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Are we ethically obliged to cover our mouths when we cough? To wash our hands after we sneeze? These questions prompted a column by our friend and New York Times Ethicist Randy Cohen, and he joins us with more.

For more, read Randy Cohen's entry, Flu Fighters in his Moral of the Story blog for the New York Times.
"If the question is 'How do we get people to behave virtuously? How do you get people to do the right thing?' That's very much a community obligation. People won't do it unless you make it possible. But if you do it's amazing how well people will respond."
—New York Times columnist Randy Cohen on etiquette during the swine flu outbreak


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