Ethics of Grocery Delivery During Pandemic

The piece linked below tackles a thorny issue faced by a lot of people today, during the Covid-19 crisis: Is it ok for me to order food for delivery, given that I know that the people doing the delivery are underpaid, and at higher risk than most for contracting Covid-19?

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LINK: Is grocery delivery ethical during a pandemic? (by Marc Gunther for Medium)

…Is it ethical, during the pandemic, for healthy people to hire others to bring them food and take risks they want to avoid? The Silicon Valley gig-economy firms do not provide workers with health insurance or hazard pay, and they need not pay even the minimum wage.

“Those of us who are lucky enough to have jobs that enable us to work from home need to be honest with ourselves about whether we are bearing our fair share of the collective risk, or whether our comfort is coming at too high a price to others,” says Karen Stohr, a senior scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. “If we’re healthy, this may mean going to the grocery store ourselves rather than relying on others to do it for us.”

Healthy people who hire Internet-based shoppers may also be taking scarce delivery slots away from those who really need them…..

What do you think?


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