The essays in this special issue of HEC Forum provide reflections that make explicit the implicit anthropology that our current pandemic has brought but which in the medical ethics literature around COVID-19 has to a great extent ignored . Three of the essays are clearly``journalistic"as a literary genre: one by a hospital chaplain, one by a medical student in her pre-clinical years, and one by a fourth-year medical student who reports her experience as she completed her undergraduate clerkships and applied for positions in graduate medical education . Other essays explore the pandemic from historical, sociological, and economic perspectives, particularly how triage policies have been found to be largely blind to structural healthcare disparities, while simultaneously unable to appropriately address those disparities . Central issues that need to be addressed in triage are not just whether a utilitarian response is the most just response, but what exactly is the greatest good for the greatest number? Together, the essays in this special issue of HEC Forum create a call for a more anthropological approach to understanding health and healthcare . The narrow approach of viewing health as resulting primarily from healthcare will continue to hinder advances and perpetuate disparities . Health outcomes result from a complex interaction of various social, economic, cultural, historical, and political factors . Advancing healthcare requires contextualizing the health of populations amongst these factors . The COVID-19 pandemic has made us keenly aware of how interdependent our health as a society can be.