United States Emergency Legal Responses to Novel Coronavirus: Balancing Public Health and Civil Liberties

JAMA. 2020; 323(12): 1-2 (online February 13), available at ttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2761556

Posted: 18 Feb 2020

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: February 13, 2020

Abstract

With rising cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) globally and in the United States, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a national public health emergency on January 31st. HHS’ emergency declaration authorizes additional resources, enhanced federal powers, interjurisdictional coordination, and waivers of specific regulations. State and local declarations are also likely. During crises, government has a special responsibility to thoughtfully balance public health protections and civil liberties.

Keywords: coronavirus, preparedness, COVID, law, policy, legal, quarantine, isolation, social distancing, policy, United States, emergency, public health, infectious, travel

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Hodge, James G., United States Emergency Legal Responses to Novel Coronavirus: Balancing Public Health and Civil Liberties (February 13, 2020). JAMA. 2020; 323(12): 1-2 (online February 13), available at ttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2761556 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3537764

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