The Coronavirus Pandemic: Public Health and American Values

J.L. Med & Ethics, 48(2):2020

9 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2020 Last revised: 5 May 2020

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: April 6, 2020

Abstract

The United States is known for valuing personal independence and individualism. With such societal values, would the American people respond to the coronavirus pandemic by complying with quarantines, social distancing, and other measures in which group interests are placed ahead of individual ones? With a relatively small number of exceptions, the American people, including health care providers, have demonstrated an extraordinary degree of community-oriented behavior. Unfortunately, a lack of public health preparedness and a series of blunders by elected officials have increased the peril for all Americans.

Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic, Public health, Quarantine, Social distancing, Surge capacity

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., The Coronavirus Pandemic: Public Health and American Values (April 6, 2020). J.L. Med & Ethics, 48(2):2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3571455 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3571455

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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