Officials’ cynical manipulation of the public damaged their own credibility as well as the world at large.
If the goal is minimizing the death toll over the long run, it is too soon to say.
As federal guidelines suggested classifying more industries as "essential" so that they could reopen, Gov. Whitmer arbitrarily did the opposite.
Kentucky Couple Reportedly Placed Under House Arrest After Failing To Sign COVID-19 Quarantine Notice
Elizabeth Linscott, who tested positive for COVID-19, says she objected to the wording of the health department's isolation orders.
Trends in Massachusetts highlight the importance of voluntary changes in behavior.
New infections are down nationwide but rising in some places as people rebel against government-recommended precautions.
Another Round of Coronavirus Lockdowns Might Be Coming. They'll Be Far Less Enforceable Than Before.
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The decision says the "unbridled and unfettered consolidation of authority in one unelected official" violates due process and the separation of powers.
Since meager testing resources left officials ignorant of crucial facts about the epidemic, they made policy decisions without the evidence necessary to assess their proportionality.
The episode illustrates the perils of confirmation bias on both sides of the debate about disease control measures.
Two models suggest that broad restrictions had less impact on the epidemic than commonly thought.
John Roberts Does Not Think California's Special Restrictions on Religious Services Discriminate Against Churches
As SCOTUS declines to issue an injunction, the chief justice says the state's COVID-19 control measures seem consistent with the First Amendment.
Two models generate strikingly different estimates.
Do Pandemic-Inspired Bans on Religious Services Violate the First Amendment? Circuit Courts Are Split.
Supreme Court precedent suggests COVID-19 restrictions that discriminate against churches are presumptively unconstitutional.
That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic.
All of it, The New York Times assumes.
The ruling says the state's top health official exceeded her statutory authority by ordering "nonessential" businesses to close.
Americans Are Isolating Themselves Less, but That Doesn't Mean They Are Abandoning COVID-19 Precautions
Sensible social distancing does not require staying in your house.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Says the State's COVID-19 Lockdown Violated the Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers
A seemingly arcane dispute about administrative law has profound implications for the limits of public health authority.
An Illinois resident obtained a TRO by citing a 30-day limit, while a New Hampshire hair salon owner says the goal of her state's lockdown has been achieved.
Cheap accurate testing would enable the safe reopening of the U.S. economy.
Event production is one of the less visible victims of the virus. Recreating their services when such companies die won't be easy.
Why not let recovered coronavirus patients out of lockdown?
Government-mandated unemployment is "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to "sit on the couch and watch TV," says the wealthy star of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The Trump Administration Presents a False Choice Between Current COVID-19 Control Measures and 'No Intervention'
The real action in the coming months lies between those two extremes.
No, British Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson Has Not 'Drastically Downgraded' His Worst-Case Projection of COVID-19 Deaths
But he has raised his estimate of the virus's reproduction number, which implies a lower fatality rate than his research group initially assumed.
Or is the Second Amendment suspended for the duration of the epidemic?
The point of shutting down the "nonessential" economy, New York's governor explains, is to "save lives, period, whatever it costs."
'We're All in Quarantine Now,' Says Andrew Cuomo, Who Two Days Ago Said That Was Out of the Question
New York's governor insists his edict "mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home" is "not a shelter-in-place order."
Gavin Newsom Orders 40 Million Californians To Stay Home During Coronavirus Crisis. Is He Right To Do It?
The spread of COVID-19 is making once unthinkably extreme policies seem like the least bad option.
The extent of state and federal quarantine powers is surprisingly unsettled.
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While the use of force can be justified to curtail the spread of communicable diseases, the threat has to be weighed against the burdens on potential carriers.