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CORONAVIRUS: Are Quarantines and Travel Restrictions Appropriate Responses to COVID-19?
Quarantines and travel bans help slow the spread of the disease, giving countries more time to prepare and, ultimately, saving lives. The coronavirus constitutes a serious pandemic, and now is the time for aggressive and assertive action. Civil liberties must sometimes give way for the public good.
Quarantines and travel bans do not work and can sometimes make pandemics worse. Governments should resist the temptation to implement these measures, which violate civil liberties, cause panic, and stigmatize certain populations without actually thwarting the spread of the disease.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Are quarantines and travel restrictions appropriate responses to COVID-19? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, audio and video content, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article—with even more content to come as the crisis evolves.
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