Since human beings are much more than mere collections of atoms – we have a mind and a soul as well as a body – efforts to improve health should not be focused on a singular threat to the body. We were created to socialize with each other, and barriers to socialization are a danger to public health.
Top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches to health cause more harm than good, and medical ethics must not be discarded simply because an emergency has been declared.
Some of the basic principles of medical ethics are:
Autonomy - the patient's right to bodily autonomy, the right to refuse treatment.
Beneficence - medical professionals must do everything they can to provide the best care for a patient.
Non-maleficence - "do no harm." A healthcare professional must carefully analyze decisions to ensure they don’t harm the patient or others.