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Old 02-27-2020, 03:14 PM   #1
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A newly identified coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV) has been spreading in China, and has now reached multiple other countries.


Can a State Force a City to House Coronavirus Patients? (USA)
“This is a new one in terms of claiming a right not to have infectious disease introduced into your community,” said Polly Price, a professor of law and global public health at Emory University. Although cities and towns once claimed “an absolute right” to guard against disease, she said, state-level control over isolation and quarantine has been the norm for more than a century.

If the coronavirus hits America, who’s responsible for protecting you? (USA)
The first question to ask about outbreak response in the United States: Who is in charge? You may think “the White House,” or some arm of the federal government. But per the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, public health is not a power specifically given to the federal government, and so it rests mainly with the states, as well as large cities with strong public health departments, like New York City.

The government can quarantine you for coronavirus (USA)
Under an emergency declaration from the Trump administration, hundreds of evacuees from the coronavirus hot zone in China’s Hubei province have undergone mandatory 14-day quarantines on military bases around the country. Others who were exposed to the virus aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship are in the middle of their own two-week quarantine, biding their time under the watchful eye of government physicians until the disease incubation period passes.

A Coronavirus Quarantine in America Could Be a Giant Legal Mess (USA)
In the U.S., quarantine is the most extreme use of government power over people who have committed no crime. As a legal matter, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a seemingly unlimited local power to quarantine as early as 1824, in the case Gibbons v. Ogden. It reaffirmed this power in 1900, noting that “from an early day the power of the States to enact and enforce quarantine laws for the safety and the protection of the health of their inhabitants … is beyond question.”

Experts say the cruise ship quarantine was unjustified and violated human rights
Georgetown Law professor Lawrence Gostin told Business Insider in an email that other COVID-19 quarantines taking place in military bases around the US, where hundreds more people have been confined, "appear to be lawful," but said "the key issue is whether they are justified."


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