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Public health law plays an important role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies. Do you know what key constitutional principles and doctrines protect individual civil liberties from government overreach during response to public health emergencies?

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QUESTION 1

ANSWER - TRUE

QUESTION 2

ANSWER - E

Right to leave at will

QUESTION 3

ANSWER - TRUE

RATIONALE: The government must be able to show that science (for example, the disease’s communicability) supports the actions being taken.

QUESTION 4

ANSWER - TRUE

RATIONALE: Often the least restrictive means is confinement in a person’s own residence.

QUESTION 5

ANSWER - FALSE

RATIONALE: If public health is in jeopardy, state laws generally allow detainment prior to a hearing. But such a detainment does not negate the right to a timely hearing.
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No matter your score, you will find more information by reading our blog post on social distancing or by taking our Public Health Law Academy training Public Health Threats & the US Constitution: What Responders Need to Know. These resources discuss the powers and limits of public health law in an emergency.