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The biosphere is a passive factor in the dialogue between man and nature. Violation of the balance on the part of an active participant - human society, it is impossible to manage only legal acts. Requires socially reproducible skills in dealing with nature. To overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, medical (hygiene) measures, coupled with political measures, were not enough. Ethical standards of personal responsibility and self-discipline, widespread charity have played an essential role in this struggle. At the same time, conspiracy theories of the emergence of a pandemic contributed to the growth of xenophobia, fears of a digital dictatorship, which took the form of protests on social networks against applications of monitoring citizens' compliance with social isolation.
The analysis of the controversial ethical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic is based on data from academic and media publications. Despite the difference in positions, modern researchers are united by the idea: the pandemic arose suddenly, but not unexpectedly. They call the specific causes of the pandemic the overcrowding and urbanized lifestyle of modern civilization and the excess of industrial production over the reproduction of biological resources due to the consumption habits of the population. Further development of civilization is impossible without an active rethinking of the role of man in the preservation of the biosphere.