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COVID-19: When Should Quarantine Be Enforced?

Published time: 20 May 2020

Authors: Chris T Bauch, Madhur Anand

Keywords: Covid-19, Global Health, Public Health


When children are little, they like to pose dilemmas as “would you rather” questions that involve difficult trade-offs. Would you rather fight an elephant-sized duck or five human-sized rhinos? Would you rather have a runny nose for a month or dry eyes? The options are not only both undesirable, but also incomparable. These questions are how we might think of some of the dilemmas created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which presents us with difficult trade-offs in equity, economics, public health, and civil liberties.

COVID-19; when should quarantine be enforced



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