On the American Constitution Society blog, Patrick Diaz and I examine the question “in an emergency, can state or local governments require the general public to wear face coverings?”. The article concludes that the Supreme Court has—and lower courts should—entrust the politically accountable branches with protecting public health and safety.
This article on the Carnegie Corporation web site provides background on the book Plagues in the Nation. The article describes how I first studied public health issues, starting with the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. The panic over Ebola led to missteps by political leaders, with several governors squabbling publicly with the federal government about who was in charge. Sound...
As I recently wrote in The Atlantic, during the 1918-19 pandemic flu, the Surgeon General of the U.S. could do little more than urge state and local governments to close schools and prohibit large gatherings. But then-U.S. Surgeon General Rupert Blue also urged Americans to make face masks and wear them in public. Newspapers printed instructions, and the American Red Cross produced thousands of...
See my comments of April 14 in the "Dallas Morning News".
See my comments of April 13th in the Christian Science Monitor article “Coronavirus hits rural America“.
See my CNN interview of April 4.
See my comments in the NPR article “Fact Check: A Blanket National Quarantine Is Likely Not Legal“.
See my comments in the WABE/NPR article “Familiar Echoes: 1918 Atlanta And The Spanish Flu“
See my comments in the Time Magazine article “Trump Says He Has Total Authority Over When States Reopen“.