Tag: involuntary quarantine
Strict and, at times, intrusive but definitely effective means of combating coronavirus spread. Isolation may also be a part of the process to separate healthy people from those who caught the disease. This is not only acting as a medical function, but also “police power”, as it is derived from the right of the state to take action affecting individuals for the benefit of society.
CDC is authorized to detain, examine, and release people subjects affected by the disease. However, total power is vested upon the federal government, including the executive which is the President and Vice President of the United States.
Things are moving fast right now. Last night, Trump shut down travel from the EU and enacted a number of other measures designed to soften the blow to one’s finances if one were quarantined or one’s business was impacted. These latter measures signal to me that they are laying the groundwork for a broader use of stricter, more intrusive measures, such as involuntary quarantines, or perhaps even mass lock-downs such as what we saw in the whole country of Italy last week.
No one should be surprised by these things. Certainly not, if you have been reading my blog.
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