Shopping in times of coronavirus: a reminder

Depending on where you are living, the rules that authorities have put in place during the coronavirus outbreak will be different. What is international, however, is the way that the pandemic has put an end to normality and transformed everything, including how we shop.

“People are having to do a lot of things that are out of the ordinary for them,” said Dr Christopher Hand, a lecturer in psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University.

“It is a very difficult time, particularly for people that have young families, or vulnerable adults to care for, and the uncertainty around the situation is certainly not helping.”

While the outbreak is a legitimate health emergency on a global scale, false and inaccurate information has complicated the situation, causing people to be fearful, particularly when leaving the homes to do their essential shopping.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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