DB4-Don't be afraid

The ethical issue I would like to discuss is, the President tweeting “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the trump administration some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago.” I believe this is an ethical issue due to the fact that the ramifications of stating that the virus is nothing to be afraid of makes people feel safe and that there is no reason to keep up with the CDC recommendations and the laws that have been made by the states governors. The healthcare community is in an uproar over this claim. The reasoning is that they are the ones watching these people die from Covid and still having to protect themselves. If the president thinks this is no big deal then why would anyone else continue to believe this virus is a big deal.


Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-tells-nation-dont-fear-coronavirus_n_5f7b9b0ac5b6e5aba0ce92a9


This issue could be resolved by the five step method if the president were to take back his statement and follow the five steps before tweeting something that could have potentially very dangerous consequences for the united states. The health care community has come together on this issue and are doing there best to fix the mistake of our president by putting out videos and articles, encouraging patients to come forward about there experience with covid. To hopefully turn this tweet around and save the community.

Five steps

1.      What is intrinsically good in the president’s tweet is that he is trying to help people to not be afraid and to go on living there life the best they can.

2.      What is intrinsically bad is that now many people will think there is nothing to be afraid of and that they should be able to go back to their old lives because the virus isn’t what everyone is making it out to be and further supports the people that believe this virus is just a political hoax.

3.      The option that is open is for the president to get on the side of the CDC and to take back his statement and reword it to better explain his intentions of not wanting people to be afraid but that the virus is very real and very dangerous. Explain that there is drug development that is out there to help people but to not be reckless in there behavior and to continue with the CDC’s guidance on the matter.

4.      If the president does nothing in regards to addressing his tweet and explaining what he really meant, so that people can have a better understanding the population could go back down the road of a second wave of covid where everything gets shut down and a lot more people die. The other option of him addressing his tweet and letting people know to continue there efforts in stopping the spread and following the CDC’s guideline will help keep the population safe and can help eradicate the virus.

5.      The only moral option is for the president to address his tweet and take the CDC’s side on caution and encourage the population to continue there efforts, so that we can keep people safe and prevent more deaths.



On a scale of 1-10 I think the resolution of the president addressing his tweet by following the CDC’s guidelines and encouraging the public is a 8. The attractive features of this is that by recommending the public follow the CDC’c guidelines he would be saving more lives. The argument to that could be that people will still be living in fear and the economy will suffer more due to this.


Jade Chenevert October 24, 2020, 9:44 PM

Hey Rachel! Let me first say that I totally agree with the fact that Trump should address this tweet and take it down. Does no one regulate what he has a right to say on social media? One thing that struck me reading this tweet is how he assumes that everyone has access to the same care that he has access to. Of course it is easier for him to recover if a whole team of doctors is working around to clock making sure that he is fine. Unfortunately, that is not the case of everyone. Following Immanuel Kant's deontologist view, it is important that people do what is morally good and act of good-will. If an action can be made universal without being self-defeating, then it is morally good. In this case, if everyone in the United States stopped following the CDC's guidelines, a second wave of Covid-19 would happen. But does everyone have the same access to medical care as Trump? No they don't. This means that stopping following the CDC's guidelines is self-defeating because it could not be made universal without many negative consequences (hospital overflow, many deaths, etc. ). A deontologist would approve of your take on this issue. Have a great day, Jade.

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