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Ask an Expert: Is getting COVID-19 a moral failure?

You’ve masked up. You’ve vaccinated with a shot of Pfizer twice, with a booster for a third round of protection. You’ve avoided large gatherings and stood 6 feet apart for the better portion of two years. And yet you’ve just tested positive for COVID-19.

Graham Reside, executive director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and assistant professor at the Vanderbilt Divinity School, discusses how the evolving pandemic has challenged views on illness as a moral issue—and why our communities are at a crossroads with emotions about contracting COVID-19.

Reside teaches courses that help professionals develop their ethical identities and leadership capacities and promote inter-professional collaboration in addressing social problems.