My job as a research assistant required me to deal with the health data and interact with all patients in the clinic for research projects. Also, some projects relate to the effect of COVID-19 on patients as well. So, the ethical principles and good practices that I used to do during the pandemic are as follows:
1. Ensure that all participants have informed consent and understand the research process, risks, and benefits. Also, I respect the right of participants to withdraw from the project at any time.
2. Follow the research protocols, limit data assessment to only authorized persons, and double-check data for errors to maintain data integrity and security.
3. Stay informed about the latest COVID-19 research and guidelines to adapt to the research protocol if needed. For example, making amendments for phone calls instead of interviews at the hospital keeps the patients safe in their homes during the pandemic, especially during the curfew period with high infectious numbers.