By Matthew Roscoe • 19 January 2021 • 11:10
CREDIT: "Julian Savulescu, Professor of Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom" by Horasis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
OXFORD Professor Julian Savulescu Says “Carrying a Virus is Like Carrying a Loaded Gun”
The director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “carrying a virus is like carrying a loaded gun that can go off accidentally.
“We’re entitled to restrain people and check whether they have a gun, but if they don’t have a gun to restrain them, that’s false imprisonment.”
Savulescu was referring to the issues of lockdowns and restrictions being imposed on people – whether they have the virus or not – which is an issue that many so-called ‘covidiots’ have been arguing since the start of the pandemic.
The professor said that those who had proven immunity should not be restrained.
“There’s a serious ethical issue that you’re only entitled to restrict people’s liberty in a liberal society if they represent a threat to other people,” he said.
Prof Savulescu argued that nationwide lockdowns and local confinements have “life or death consequences” and that efforts should be made to allow those with “certain immunity” to return to work and normal life, and “not just the pub”.
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