In early 2020, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shocked many health experts and world leaders with its ease of transmission and slow but unyielding spread from Wuhan, China, the initial state response centered on how to contain an epidemic and help those who are infected. Many months later, as some states enjoy a flattened curve following austere social distancing measures, many states may turn their attention from health response to legal response for China’s initial mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak. China is certainly not alone in implementing containment measures that were not maximally prompt or effective. Still, China occupies a special place in the outbreak as the source of the virus, and, therefore, the crucial first responder to this global pandemic.
Captain Matthew H. Ormsbee USAF,
State Liability for a Mishandled Response: Strategic Remedies on the Heels of COVID-19,
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