Thanks to Dr. Yung-Ching Lin, Medical doctor from Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for his wonderful, complete and incisive speech!
From the Typhoid Mary story in the 18th century to the current management measures of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can find that pandemic control, quarantine and issues of human rights and freedom are inextricably linked.
First-year PhD student, Ajeng Nova Dumpratiwi from Indonesia
In this lecture I really appreciate the warm style of the speaker, the structured explanation and very detailed material (easy to understand). The material in this lecture begins with the history of Pandemic control and fundamental rights, followed by reviewing the current pandemic; COVID-19. Not only that, from this lecture we also learn how to use technology to control the pandemic while still considering the fundamental rights of the people, especially in Taiwan. From this lecture, I personally got a reminder that even in handling big situations, it is also very necessary to consider the basic rights of the people concerned so that each party gets their well-being.
Second-year PhD student, Jansen Marcos Cambia from Philippines
Public health ethics is a very important key to protect the individual or a population right, especially their right to information and privacy. During this seminar, I gained a deeper understanding of the ethical issues we are facing during today's pandemic situations, such as vaccination implementation, individual rights to proper and free treatment, and protecting volunteers and workers. In light of so many key points, I have realized that we need to be more responsible in all our actions because they will always impact individual and a population level.
Second-year PhD student, Fruzsina Schuck from Hungary
The experience of this class has been nothing but positive. I really enjoyed this class and the format it was presented in. For me, explaining the concept through an example was easier to grasp and I hope we will have similar open lectures in the future. I especially liked the entertaining but informative video to help get a better understanding on the case.
First-year Master student, Diego Serafin Martinezk from Mexico
Human rights are a fundamental pillar of every society, we live in an unprecedented era of humanity, knowing how to respect and assert the rights of each individual is essential to guarantee peace in all parts of our planet. Thanks to the lecture of Professor Yung-Ching Lin we can have a forum in which two extremely important issues converge today, human rights and pandemic control, there are too many problems because of them, and knowing the correct and necessary measures is indispensable when facing a global health emergency.
First-year Master student, Samuel Li from Taiwan 🇹🇼
The talk given by Dr. Yung-Ching Lin was a very inspiring one that reminded us about what public health professionals should think about when dealing with the persistent and seemingly never-ending pandemic. Using the example of a famous case that happened in the United States in the 1800s, the story shed light on important issues not only on the matter of public health, but also on what ethical standards one should have when applied to the current pandemic. Typhoid Mary was the term the media gave to Mary Mallon, a Salmonella typhi asymptomatic carrier who infected many unknowingly and later due to her denial of the illness. She was forced into quarantine for almost thirty years in total on two separate occasions and was feared by her friends and family as well as the public before and after she passed away. Although this case provided additional medical evidence and contributed to the knowledge on typhoid fever, sometimes people forget that this person was still a person just like everyone else who should have fundamental rights. However, the conflicts can arise when answering such questions. How many measures should be taken when trying to control for the pandemic and what are the fundamental human rights that should be maintained in such times? I think these are the questions that people are still trying to find answers for even to this day. Nevertheless, regarding rights, a balance between the population rights and the individual rights should probably be considered and would shift dynamically when evaluating harm to the population. Overall, I thought the talk was educational and served as a good reminder to everyone facing the pandemic.